Dear Fidget Spinners.. A Misunderstood Tool or An Over-Rated Toy?

Mis-understood tool?

Dear Fidget Spinners,

I find absolutely no joy from your toy like existence! Fidget Spinners are requested several times a week by my oldest!  Some countries have begun banning them after learning of high amounts of toxins in knock-offs produced in China and a number of kids being injured. I am FIRMLY against them!

Fidget Spinners for those of you who do not have “school-aged monsters” are a type of toy, whose marketers claim it relieves stress. As told by Wikipedia,” A basic fidget spinner consists of a bearing in the center of a design made from any of a variety of materials including brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper and plastic. The toy has been advertised as helping people who have trouble with focusing or fidgeting (such as those with ADHD, autism, or anxiety) by acting as a release mechanism for nervous energy or psychological stress.”

Fidget Spinner’s original purpose was for individuals who fidget. They have since become toys for children to obsess over. In our school, they have completely lost all usefulness as they’ve caused more problems than they’ve solve. I stand firmly on the no fidget spinner rule and will continue to do so. For this, I am the biggest super villain in her version of this story. If you do allow your child to have one, please LEAVE them at home!

Dear Fidget Spinners.. A Misunderstood Tool or An Over-Rated Toy? 1

It’s our responsibility to acknowledge that the original purpose of these was to help people who have trouble focusing etc. Does your child legitimately fit that bill? Do they actually NEED it?  Or are they just a typical child who would rather have fun than do math? If your child truly lacks the NEED for this, please keep the fidget spinner at home! The children who would actually benefit from having such tool are actually missing out.

There are news reports of children being injured by fidget spinners, along with the photos of friends children with black eyes from fidget spinners, I’ve also heard stories from my Mother-in-law, an OR nurse here in BC who has had children undergo surgery from ingesting bearings. I’ve watched children meltdown over not having a fidget spinner, not sharing a fidget spinner or not being able to play with one a little bit longer. This fad is very quickly becoming a large freaking nuisance and one that I will be happy to see come to an abrupt halt!

What do you think of the Fidget Spinner? Is it a misunderstood tool or an over-rated toy?  Should we be allowing these in our classrooms? When did bringing toys to school become acceptable?!

All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own!



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