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We all fidget. We fidget when we’re bored, when we’re tired and when we’ve been still for too long. We fidget to pay attention. Fidgeting actually stimulates our neural responses and can increase blood circulation to our brain and extremities. If you are witnessing a child who seems to fidget a lot, chances are his body is telling you that it needs movement. Often that is not possible and so hand and foot fidgets offer a great alternative and stress reduction.

Tools such as putty, play dough, squishy balls, Caterpinch, Finger Squash Its, Fidget Wheel, Foot Fidget, Twidget Tracker, Animal Squishies, and Gel Balls offer a great “stay in place” or “stay at your desk” fidget for students craving additional sensory-motor input. For teachers who are not comfortable with students keeping fidgets at their desk, fidgets can be kept at YOUR desk and used when needed.

For a terrific hands-on, fun-fidget, stress-reducing, easy-as-1-2-3 activity, try making stress balls in your classroom!

Let us know what your favorite classroom fidget is and when you like to use it!

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Comment by Sue Wilkinson on September 20, 2010 at 12:35pm
Cute clip. I am currently in love with those big fluffy chenille pipe cleaners as inexpensive fidgets. I also personally love to twist a couple of wikki stix to the top of a pencil.

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