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The craze of fidget spinners around the globe

  • Published at 04:50 pm June 22nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:59 pm June 22nd, 2017
The craze of fidget spinners around the globe
Originally developed as a stress reliever for children with ADHD or autism, fidget spinners are now replacing all toys in school playgrounds. There are many different types of fidget spinners but the most popular is a small, three-pronged device which is placed between the thumb and a finger and given quick flick by the user to trigger a spin. This new “must-have” toy started to become the craze around April and has turned out to be the recent favourite of school children around the globe, reports BBC. Besides, different vloggers on Youtube have bagged a good amount of views by performing tricks with their fidget spinners. [arve url="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DH1fRza6SOU"/] Teachers have reported that a huge number of fidget spinners are being brought to schools by children. Though several schools have banned the spinning toy, a primary school teacher Danielle Timmons said fidget spinners can be beneficial too. She said fidget spinners were never this popular in their school, although their school always had them and were only used by children who needed special support. “In fact, specialists coming into the school recommend them for children and we'll buy them in for the children that are identified.” Danielle also said fidget spinners can be used as a learning aid among some children. Like all the best playground toys, fidget spinners are available in local corner shops which can be bought with couple of pounds, expensive ones are also retailed at different shops. However this trendy toy has raised concerns among parents who are claiming the toys to be a distraction in the classroom. [caption id="attachment_70771" align="alignleft" width="447"] BIGSTOCK[/caption] Mother-of-three Doreen Boyle said the toys were "infuriating." "My youngest, who is 13, appeared with this fidget on Thursday, and it has not left his side. "I've had a house full of little boys all weekend and they've all got them, and nobody can talk to you, nobody can have any eye contact with you because they're all playing with this thing. "And I can't believe that they're not going to affect performance in class,” she said. The primary school teacher Danielle said her classroom has a strict rule that if the fidget spinners are being used in the classroom they must be kept below the desk and out of the sight of teachers and other students in the class. Dr Amanda Gummer, a child psychologist, said the craze is helping the children with additional needs, because previously the toys were only used by them. According to the Founder of US-based consultancy Global Toy Experts, Richard Gottlieb, the fidget spinner is trending around the globe. "It's spreading globally...and rapidly," he said. Gottlieb said: "I think people in general are pretty stressed out right now by Brexit, the various elections, Donald Trump, Syria, North Korea....you name it. "So, it is a good time to be selling something that allows an individual to fidget off some stress - particularly at a time when smoking is looked down on." Gottlieb believes the reason behind the growing craze of fidget spinners is a generation of stressed-out children. "Typically there are people who are influencers, and they can be anything from the coolest kid on the playground to the coolest person in the office, that by simply using a product cause others to do so as well," he said. "In this case, however, it took off like crazy and I think it is, again, because adults are anxious but, at least in the US, kids are anxious as well. "There is just way too much pressure from parents, too much school work and too much time engaged in adult supervised activities," Gottlieb added.