Have you heard of fidget spinners? If you’re a parent, the answer’s probably yes. Fidget spinners are the latest toy fad to sweep the nation.
While fidget-spinners are relatively inexpensive unlike many of our children’s most-wanted toys, there is a slight issue: They are driving parents and teachers crazy.
Although the toys are basic in design and execution (you simply twirl the three-pronged toy in your hand or on a flat surface), parents and teachers say that the trend is getting out of hand.
Some teachers have gone so far as to ban them from their classroom, while parents have found that they have to limit their kids’ fidget-spinner use in order to keep their own sanity.
Here is the little bugger in action:
Seems harmless, right? Well, it might get on your nerves if your child was constantly spinning the toy all day and night, whether in the car, at the dinner table, at the movies, you name it.
No wonder so many parents and teachers are aggravated by the device.
Ironically, the fidget-spinner was originally created to help kids pay attention in school. The stress-relieving toy is meant to help kids with ADD, ADHD and other behavior or learning differences to calm their minds so that they can focus on their schoolwork.
While many parents say that it works wonders for this purpose, it seems that the fidget-spinner craze is taking on a life of its own. Now children (and even adults) are using the toy constantly, prompting teachers to ban the fidget-spinners and giving the toy a bad name.
The toy is becoming so popular that “professional fidget-spinning” is even becoming a thing (these athletes are known as “fidgeters”), and some spinners are even selling for hundreds of dollars.
What do you think? Maybe it’s time to bring back marbles and jacks? Should fidget-spinners be considered a learning tool or should they be banned in the classroom?