Fidget toys have substantially increased in popularity in recent years. Previously used only by subsets of the population that might have struggled with focus and concentration, now, awareness of fidgets and their benefits have spread to neurotypical children, especially those who might be struggling with anxiety or focus issues. Sensory toys are a great tool for all sorts of children, especially in learning environments--and through trial and error, you can learn which fidgets work best for your child's specific needs.
Have you considered the benefits of using sensory and fidget toys as part of your child's regular routine?
Children, particularly children with ADHD, often have a hard time sitting still and focusing. Often, they start wiggling in their seats long before the instruction is actually over--and they may find themselves struggling to keep up with what's going on in front of them. A fidget toy allows children to control those movements and direct them into a more positive stimulation, rather than one that could prove distracting for others. Options like stress balls, for example, can fill one hand while a child works on another assignment, or fill both hands while a child listens to a teacher.
Among children who used fidget toys, academic scores could quickly increase as much as 10%. For children with ADHD, that number can rise even more, with an increase of 27% in academic scores shown in a recent study. In order to facilitate maximum learning, children need to stimulate both the right and left sides of the brain. Movement can aid significantly in that pursuit. Fidget toy options like wobble cushions can offer a simple way to enhance overall learning.
Children who look for the type of stimulation offered by fidgets naturally will look for other options that provide the same basic stimulation if they do not have them available. Tapping pencils, bouncing in their seats, or poking at classmates could all pose disruptions to the other students around them. Fidget toys, on the other hand, offer a more positive, less disruptive option in the classroom. Toys like Fidgigami can occupy a child's hands and engage the child's mind without posing a distraction to other students in the room.
Some children struggle with a high level of anxiety on a daily basis that can interfere with their ability to learn. Others may have anxiety related to specific situations, like taking a test or giving a presentation in front of the classroom. Fidget toys can help calm the child and put him or her in a better place to engage in those activities, which can improve scores, enhance academic performance, and ultimately increase the child's confidence. A weighted lap pad, for example, may serve the same purpose as a weighted blanket in a much more convenient, easy-to-carry format: it can help calm a child down and reduce anxiety while they work on specific assignments or test, or help calm them so that they don't feel anxious about performance when reading aloud or engaging with classmates.
Fidget toys and sensory toys have become increasingly common in the classroom in recent years, and with good reason. Whether you're a teacher looking for ways to improve performance in a classroom or a parent looking for options that will help keep your child more engaged both at school and at home, check out our extensive collection of fidget toys to select one--or more!--that will work great for your child.