Fidget spinners are making their way around the globe in popularity, and now they’re ready to shine in China’s market with endless sellers on Taobao. Though fidget spinners were meant to be a therapeutic toy to cope with stress and a wandering attention, they’ve started a craze in the Chinese market with kids and adults who can focus just fine.
Caution Concerning Classroom Use
A pause for thought is that these spinners are highly controversial. “In general, fidgets should be silent and unobtrusive,” said Nina Krafft, special education teacher at Beijing International Bilingual Academy (BIBA). When talking to an occupational therapist on the matter, she advised Krafft that the spinners sometimes cause students anxiety and become a distraction.
Krafft gave beijingkids several articles beneficial for staying informed about the topic and how the issue goes beyond tools and toys into discrimination:
Fidget Spinners: Is It Really What Your Child Needs?
Whirring, Purring Fidget Spinners Provide Entertainment, Not ADHD Help
Teacher Tip: The Dos and Don’ts of Fidgets for Kids
What the Fidget Spinners Fad Reveals About Disability Discrimination
Holly Poppell, school counselor at Daystar Academy, said “Any item that becomes a toy should not be used in the classroom.” She added though, that the fidget spinners might not be a complete waste, as she has seen them used to control impulses by ADHD students outside of the classroom.
“Most teachers that I know banned them in the classroom because they can be such fun toys. There are videos all over YouTube on how to do different tricks with them,” Poppell added.
Toys are Toys
That doesn’t take the fun out of them at home though. If you’re always in search of a new gadget that sparks curiosity and cures boredom, we’ve rounded up what we think are some of the coolest fidget spinner shops on Taobao just for you.
Captain America or Iron Man
We’re not here to argue which superhero is more awesome, but you can put your money where your vote is with this spinner.
Batty About You
What’s that Batman? You’re tired of corny jokes? Maybe you and your child can bond over cheesy lines and this Gothic-honoring spinner.
Dark Lord of Mordor
Promise your voracious reader this fidget spinner if they’ll tackle the Lord of the Rings series. Hopefully they won’t start saying “my precious” as they spin this.
Wood or Wild
We like this seller’s attitude going from two extremes: calm and collected with wood and absolutely out there with the wacky spinner. We couldn’t pick between the two.
We’re not sure what game these spinners were made to emulate. We do know there’s a ninja master out there somewhere who’s missing his home décor.
Multi-hued Steel-like Spinners
These cool spinners all come in the same strange hue reminiscent of weathered steel, but we’re impressed with the many different shapes.
We like the style of this spinner because it’s a bit more refined and would be a good choice for that teen who’s just too cool.
Game Controller Shape
This fidget spinner reminds us of our favorite game controllers as kids, but we doubt that’s what the maker had in mind.
Glow, Glow, Glow
If you’re not getting enough of fidget spinners during the day, add some glow power and keep spinning through the night.
Colorful LED Spinner
Alternatively, go for a rainbow-lava-lamp style spinner.