And yes, both children and adults can use fidget and sensory toys, in particular learners with ADHD, OCD, autism, sensory processing disorder, or high anxiety levels. These toys can help promote attention and reduce stress.
That being said, my own daughter and husband both have ADHD find fidget toys totally distracting. Conversely, my friend’s son relies on them daily to help him with pay better attention to his classes.
Would a fidget or sensory toy be calming any of your kids, helping them pay attention to their online school?
It’s worth a try, if you ask me.
Here are some of the best recommendations that work for many kids including my friend’s son. (Taken directly from his desk!)
13 Cool Fidget Toys to Help Online Learning Focus
Kinetic Desk Toy
This cool sphere spins silently and may help kids focus and relax.
Penguin Stress Balls
Squeeze these cute penguin balls for focus and stress relief.
Tangle Brand Twister
Here’s a fidget toy to twist and tangle that will keep your kids’ hands busy while their brain listens and focuses on learning.
Fidget Spinner Toy
Here’s the classic fidget spinner. Is this a cool way to help focus and fidgety hands? It might be for your child.
Roller Chain Toy
Would your child like this quiet chain link toy to roll in their fingertips?
Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty
My daughter who has ADHD and anxiety both absolutely loves playing with Thinking Putty. Not necessarily for learning but for calming anxious thoughts.
Monkey Doodle Stretchy Strings
Stretch, pull, twirl, wrap and squeeze these bouncy strings. These are great toy options for sensory and tactile stimulation because they can engage your brain and help with focus or anxiety.
Kids use this cube to click, roll, spin, flip, and glide which will keep fingers busy and minds calm.
Infinity Cube Fidget Toy
Keep your hands busy by flipping and folding this popular fidget gadget small enough to fit in one hand.
Meditation Zen Garden
Ooh, this looks inviting, doesn’t it? This tabletop Zen Garden might just help you focus and destress. Plus, how fun!
Pin Art Board
Mold the pins into different shapes using toys or your hand or other objects. The tactile pins against your skin feels weirdly good.
Open big and close flat or roll this kinetic toy up and down your arm. These are cool and playful fun for both kids and adults.
Desktop Art Toys
Watch as the sand creates paintings and designs. Mesmerizing!
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