Are you the type of person that whenever you have a pen in your hand you feel the need to either twirl it or click the top of it? Or do you fidget in other ways?
Brothers Matthew and Mark McLachlan created an object called the fidget cube to satisfy one’s fidgeting needs. The fidget spinners have received a great deal of attention among both adults and children. However, despite the increase in their popularity, they have been banned from schools as they are being used more for toys rather than as a tool for controlling fidgeting tendencies.
Some teachers are a bit more flexible allowing fidget spinners in their room as long as their use is not distracting to other students. In these classes, students may use their fidgets under their desk and out of sight. A relative to the spinner is the fidget cube.
The fidget cube is a six sided gadget with each side designed to please most fidgeting tendencies. There’s one side to satisfy the clicking need that many people have. There are 5 buttons to click on this side. Three of the buttons make sounds while the other two allow you to fidget in silence. The glide side of the cube consists of a joystick for users to glide across the surface. Another side called flip looks like a light switch that one could switch back and forth. The fourth side of the cube is referred to as breathe, because it is designed like worry stones which are said to provide anxiety relief. The roll side of the cube has tactile gears along with a ball that is also clickable. The final side of the cube is referred to as spin; it has a rotating dial. These six sides can satisfy all of a person’s need to fidget as well as be a fun toy to play with.
The idea of the fidget cube was presented August 2016 by the McLachlan brothers on Kickstarter. Their goal was to raise $15,000. They were funded in less than a day. The craze has only grown. Their Kickstarter now has 154,926 backers that have pledged over 6 million dollars. Fidget cubes are also sold on other websites for about $20 each.
Fidget cubes are desirable for people of all ages. Young children can use their fidget cube in school, while adults can easily use it at work. It is considered a vinyl desk toy. Its small size of just 1.3 inches makes this gadget easy to bring wherever you go!
Fidgeting is common.
Although some fidgeting may annoy coworkers or classmates, it is proven that fidgeting is good for you. Fidgeting helps students perform better on tests. According to Fast Company, when we fidget we are distracting the parts of the brain that may become bored while working. Therefore, fidgeting can help us pay better attention to the task at hand.
There is research that suggests that working with our hands correlates with increased memory and creativity. Fidgeting is also proven to improve one’s health. Certain fidgeting acts can help reduce cardiovascular disease. In addition, research has shown that men tend to be more relaxed in stressful situations when they fidget. (The same has not been shown for women.)
It is of popular belief that fidget cubes will help people focus, especially those with ADHD, however, this has not been proven scientifically. But, there are plenty of cases when fidget cubes can help children focus in school. Senior psychologist at the TLC Speech and Language Clinic, Dr. Cheryl Seah, says, “It may be helpful for a particular child with special needs, such as an anxious child with autism, who needs the sensory stimulation to regulate himself and not to focus on distracting sounds or lights in a classroom. (But) as the fidget spinner is both sensory and visually stimulating, it can distract peers and themselves visually.”
Every child is different.
What may work for one child may not work for another. For instance, 12 year old Ava Ramakrishnan has ADHD. She has tried using a fidget cube to control the fidgeting that her ADHD causes; however, the cube does not help because she simply feels the need to throw it instead. She prefers using another popular gadget called the fidget spinner. It is essentially the same idea, but children can only spin the device.
So if you’re questioning whether a fidget cube or spinner will be beneficial to you there’s no harm in trying. As I write this blog post I used the fidget cube for the first time to truly understand its value. Although it is a little hard to use the cube while typing, it was definitely useful for those writer’s block moments. I quickly spun the cube and got right back to writing.
Written By: Emery Tedesco
Emery Tedesco is heading into her third year as a college student at the University of Delaware. She is studying Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education. Emery continually dedicates her time at Lakeview Elementary School aiding in a second grade general education and special education integrated co-taught classroom, assisting in summer reading/math camp, and volunteering in any classroom in need of support so she can continually spend time with children and refine her craft. At the University of Delaware, Emery dedicates her time to helping children through Project Sunshine whose mission is to bring joy to children in the hospital. In addition, she is a member of the Association of Pre-Professional Leaders in Education (APPLE). APPLE helps inspiring educators learn about the best steps to take as future teachers.
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