Everyone who doesn’t have kids is probably asking: what is a fidget spinner?
However, the craze has spread and adults are even buying into the hype. Here’s all you need to know about fidget spinners.
The shocking truth about the creator of fidget spinners
According to an article on The Guardian.com the brains behind the fidget spinners craze isn’t making any money off them.
Catherine Hettinger, who thought up the idea for fidget spinners to entertain her young daughter, had to surrender the patent for them in 2005 because she couldn’t afford to pay the renewal fee.
What is a fidget spinner?
Fidget spinners are small, two or three pronged toys containing metal bearings which allow “fidgeters” to spin them around.
The idea is that the sensation helps kids with concentration issues, ADHD or who are autistic to fidget while staying focused on the task at hand.
They’re also being touted as stress relievers for adults, who can play with them while they work.
Fidget spinners started as a therapeutic tool, but have now become the latest trick-toy collectables for kids, much like Yo-yos were back in the day.
Do they work?
Reviews on fidget spinners seem to be mixed.
The spinners have become a headache for many teachers who say that the gadgets are actually more of a distraction for kids rather than a concentration aid.
Some schools in America have actually banned the spinners in their classrooms.
There have also been reports of children choking on parts of the spinner that have come loose.
Either way, this puppy seems pretty mesmerised by the toys:
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