Editor’s Review: Fidget Spinners

Editor’s Review: Fidget Spinners

Bottle flipping is so 2016 for kids right now. The new craze? Fidget Spinners. They’ve been seen at school, plus local baseball fields, parks, and playgrounds. This airplane propeller-like toy (which ranges in price from $3-$10) was originally created to relieve stress for kids and adults, along with provide a calming or focus tool for those with attention disorders.

Kids around the U.S. have suddenly latched onto this toy. Stores are running out within hours. Kids can spin and do tricks (which I learned can be off the thumb or even on someone’s nose or forehead).

It’s inexpensive and easy-to-use, but is it needed?  In my opinion, not during school hours. Generally, districts have a policy about bringing electronics and games to school. Many discourage it and it’s the child’s responsibility if the item becomes lost. As a parent, I don’t want it to become a distraction for my children, or their teachers and classmates. Also, with summer break on the horizon, I feel my boys’ time is better spent outside, playing baseball or any other activity they wish. They can play with these spinners outdoors. but what do I know, I’m just a mom, right? For now, I am biding my time, because this craze too shall pass.

About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her features and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and talking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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