Best Fidget Toys for Kids Reviewed in 2018

If we’re being completely honest, the only reason some of us are any better at sitting still as adults is because we’re exhausted and the coffee maker is busted, or in the process of brewing. Human beings are constantly creating and exerting energy; having the fidgets is far from a crime. But teaching little ones to focus their boundless energy can be a monumental task. You don’t want to dampen bright, expressive spirits, but it’s also important to know when to take a moment to calm yourself and pay close attention to what’s happening around you.

Fidget spinners are trending these days for a reason: they’re an innovative approach to helping children who have trouble focusing. Having a sensory toy with which to occupy their hands (and sometimes their bright little minds, too) allows them to get the jitters out and focus themselves on the tasks at hand, or keep occupied while mom and/or dad take care of more boring, adult business. There are all kinds of fidget toys out there, marketed toward everyone from stressed and frazzled adults, to children on the autism spectrum, to those with ADHD, to just plain rowdy kids. There are lots of different kinds of fidget toys: spinners, noodles, and all things in between. We’ve gathered our top 10 favorite fidget toys to help everyone stay on task and happy. Enjoy!

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Although the fidget spinner craze did end up driving some school teachers crazy, the little spinners did serve the purpose of keeping kids hands busy so they could direct unwanted energy elsewhere in order to better focus. Our newly updated list doesn't include any fidget spinners but it does include the best fidget toys on the market today. In addition to adding a couple of new products, we also reviewed all pertinent product information to ensure that it was accurate and up to date.

Criteria Used in Evaluation of the Best Fidget Toys

Our list of fidget toys is diverse and unique, just as every child is. Kids have their own preferences and ways of coping with whatever it is that makes them fidget, whether that includes hyperactivity, attention disorder, sensory disorder, or just the struggles of being a kid with too much energy and the need for different forms of entertainment. Fidgeting is not a bad thing, and while we and science encourage it for positive growth, fidget toys designed specifically for that can take much of the pressure off of parents and caretakers. Below are several points of criteria that we’ve used to find the very best fidget toys for your child, we leave nothing to guesswork…even fidget toys!

Stimulation

There are multiple types of stimulation that kids need to both stay focused, and promote mental and physical growth during their adolescent years. We’ve compared fidget toys from all over that offered significant points in both categories, and have even included some that may teach children logic far beyond their years. Early learning is never a bad thing, and there’s no better way to to do it than with a fidget game! We often neglect how much kids are sitting still: at home doing homework, in school sitting at a desk in class, or in bed right before they fall asleep. All this time sitting and being idle prevents their body from being physical, which only makes fidgeting worse with no outlet. Sometimes an hour of gym time or half an hour of recess isn’t enough, and there is no shame in gifting your child with a way to stay “awake” both mentally as well as physically during the day when they feel stuck doing otherwise.

Duration of Fidgeting

Being restless as a kid can be both frustrating and exciting, and we considered all of the bursts of energy that come with simply just being a kid growing up. All of the toys we’ve selected provide hours of endless fidgeting options, regardless of whether the ultimate goal for your child is to wear them out, or calm their mind enough to relax at the end of the day. Mental stimulation goes hand in hand with physical stimulation as a kid, and being restless and excitable is a good thing! Less stress means more physical energy, and there’s no reason why that can’t be channeled into a fidget toy specifically designed to keep your kids stimulated and playing for hours.

Is It Able to be Carried Around?

It was really important to us to find fidget spinners that allowed your child the freedom to roam, while also having their fidget spinner close by in the instance of an energy burst or bout of anxiety. Kids can occasionally become stressed at school, in groups, or just in general while out in public, and having a method of controlling and channeling that anxious energy is so valuable. Whether carried in hand, in a pocket, or in your child’s backpack, we made sure that all fidget toys were able to be easily transported wherever your child goes.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is this quiet? My son needs to use it in his classroom.

A: Each fidget toy varies as far as sound goes, most are silent. However, there are some that make a subtle clicking noise, which is included in the description of each separate toy.

Q: Does it really relieve stress?

A: Fidget toys have been proven to relieve stress while also providing mental and physical stimulation sufficient for distracting the mind from stressors. So yes, it is stress-reducing to an extent.

Q: Can this be played by kids of all ages?

A: All the fidget toys mentioned are age-friendly unless otherwise specified. As always, when dealing with toddler-aged children, supervision should always be present.

Q: Is this made of rubber or another material?

A: Most of the fidget toys are made of either plastic, metal, or a combination of both. Materials can be found in summaries–but most are plastic.

Q: My 3-year-old son has autism. Will this be a good toy for him?

A: Fidget toys are a wonderful option for children with autism, as it helps them to focus while also soothing them with constant motion and/or playing methods.

Q: Are these good for increasing hand strength?

A: Strengthening hand muscles is an unlisted benefit of fidget toys–any repeated physical activity involving muscles will strengthen them, however minimally.