A positive (fidget) spin
Foot tapping, thumb twiddling, and finger drumming can all be considered ways to stave off boredom and occupy time. Those techniques, however, may now be considered outdated thanks to a new craze: fidget spinners.
“It keeps him occupied at times when he otherwise might be complaining about being bored,” John Kane said of his 7-year-old son Jake. “It keeps him busy, but it’s a good kind of busy.”
Fidget spinners, or toys that consist of a bearing in the center of a multi-lobed structure made from metal or plastic designed to spin along the axis, began to rise in popularity in April 2017, when there was a spike in Google searches for the term. By May, some variety of fidget spinner occupied the top 20 spots on Amazon’s list of best-selling toys.
“I don’t know why I love them so much,” Jake Kane, a Columbus Elementary student, said. “I guess I just like to see them spin.”
Forest Lake resident and home-school student Aurora Erickson values her glow-in-the-dark fidget spinner as an invaluable tool.
“It helps me to concentrate more when my hands have something to be occupied with,” she said.