Have you heard of a fidget? I just learned about them on Friday when I was doing a workshop with kids at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. One of them pulled out a fidget to play with as she did her artwork.
“What in the world is that?” I asked.
“You don’t know? ” She didn’t want to believe me. “It’s a fidget. Everybody has one.” And indeed several other children working at the same table pulled out their fidgets too. One of them let me try twirling the fidget around with my fingers.
“Is this all it does? ” I asked.
“Well you can also twirl it around on the table,” they said and demonstrated that for me.
When I got home I did a little research. The fact I didn’t know about fidgets didn’t make me as behind the times as I thought. Fidgets just became a fad in April of this year. By May 2017 twenty different versions of it were topping the best seller list of toys on Amazon.
Initially fidgets were made for children with autism and attention deficit disorder. Playing with them provided a release for nervous energy or stress. Now however so many school kids have them, they are proving to be a distraction in class, and some teachers have banned them.
Fidgets come in every color of the rainbow. Some glow in the dark. Fidgets sell for prices ranging from $2 to $460. The one I was experimenting with at the art gallery was a $10 model. Apparently they aren’t just for kids but are also being marketed to adults as way to relieve stress on the job. I don’t think I’ll be buying one anytime soon.