We can all see the craze “du jour” starting.

First you see the item and think –hey that thing is kind of neat

Then you see it again and again and think – ok what is that thing?

Pretty soon, they are everywhere and-presto!

Craze started.

I am of course referencing the latest and overwhelmingly popular craze called

 

FIDGET SPINNERS!

At first it was quite the effort to even get your hands on one of them. (Trust me, Michael was one determined young boy and he did the leg work on this one)

Then you could not go two feet in any direction in a store without seeing bins full of them.

Craze over.

The spinners were the craze but what was forgotten was WHY they were there in the first place.

Meaning, they were originally intended for those who need to “fidget”, that something in their hands that helps them focus, stay organized and get out a bit of energy. Not every child really needed them and that is why they were banned from many of the schools as they proved distraction; the very opposite of the reason they were there in the first place.

Fidgets have been around for a long time, just not in the mainstream. I heard so many people talking about this new phenomenon called “fidgets” and how these things help kids. So many people “needed” them that the word fidget became quite the common phrase to use.

But, I know for a fact that we purchased a sensory fidget pack when Elizabeth was about seven years old. It contained some rather interesting and truly not too enticing, objects to use. Elizabeth looked at them, then looked at me, and left them right on the table.

So the point in that heartwarming story is, the fidget tool has to fit the needs and likes of the child and that the need for a fidget did not go away as the bins of spinners filled up.

The need is still there, and the need to find the right fidget for your child is still there. Because not every fidget will the right one for every child.

This is why Michael will reach into the bin of fidgets we have and pick the one he needs when he needs it.

So that is why it is so important to address the needs for your child, minus following the craze.

With that in mind, I wanted to share some information about a fidget that might be a good fit for your child. And it is called the Wood Fidget Puzzle.

This fidget tool is one that has been around for a while, I can remember seeing it at a friend’s house many years ago and the reason it is still around is that it is worth it.

It is made of wood so it lasts.

It is easy to manipulate, so it is not challenging for those with hand strength issues.

It is fun! And this makes it an easy “go-to” item.

I can see it being used to help with dexterity issues of the hand, as well as, help with eye/hand coordination.

Elizabeth has not used the wood fidget puzzle, but Michael has and loves it!

And something that is probably one of the best pluses to this fidget puzzle is that it is QUIET.

There is no whirring noise…just quiet.

So again, if you are looking for a nice easy fidget for your child, please take a moment to see the Wood Fidget Puzzle. Because, again, it is about finding the right fidget for your child’s sensory needs.

Not following the craze.

I know that I have not seen a bin full of Wood Fidget Puzzles in the stores I have been too. And that is for a very good reason!

I wish you all a peaceful week.

Michele

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