Types of Fidgets
Tactile Response Fidgets
Tactile Response Fidgets are designed to provide the individual with multiple tactile stimuli on the same fidget. These fidgets incorporate a variety of textures in a small area and make soothing self-calming aids. Our more tactile fidgets are all four types of Fidgety Flowers, both of the Pull Puffs and the Fidgety Faces.
Kinesthetic Response Fidgets
Kinesthetic Response Fidgets are designed to provide the individual with multiple moving stimuli on the same fidget. These are designed to keep the hands moving in simple repetitive motions allowing the mind to focus on learning. Some of our fidgets with movement involved are the Magnet Worm, the Ball Worm, all of the wood fidgets and the Ribbon Ring fidget.
Tactile Teaching Tools
Tactile Teaching Tools
The tactile teaching tools made by The Fidgety Flower are designed to be a fun tactile way for teachers and parents to engage children in the learning process. The teaching tools are designed to be used during lecture time but also during centers or hands-on time for the students. One example is our crocheted butterfly life cycle set. It includes hard eggs on a soft leaf, a caterpillar, a chrysalis and a butterfly which can each be held and played with stimulating the child’s imagination and overall learning process. A set of cards with corresponding words and pictures are included for creating games that increase learning. These tools can be used at home to reinforce learning as well. They also make wonderful teacher gifts.
Ways to Use Fidgets in the Classroom
- Fidgets help decrease a student’s anxiety level during times of increased emotional stress (test anxiety, homesickness, loss of a loved one or pet, poverty issues, divorce, etc.)
- Fidgets can be used to help encourage a student who perseveres on a challenging or lengthy task.
- Fidgets help calm a student who is escalating to an emotional meltdown.
- Fidgets are useful during writing activities and tests to help more active students quietly expel energy and focus on the task at hand.
- Fidgets are useful tools for teaching students constructive ways in which to respond to their bodies and emotions when they need to self-regulate.
- Fidgets can be helpful when dealing with escalating emotions and/or aggression that can occasionally emerge within the classroom.
- Fidgets can help a child that is emotionally or physical overwhelmed because of too much or too little sensory input.
- Fidgets help build a nurturing classroom environment where all students feel safe, supported, and, connected.
- Allowing students who may not "need" a fidget to use them on occasion may help the students who really benefit from using a fidget feel more comfortable/less self conscience about using fidgets themselves.
- Helping students understand that a fidget is a tool to help them learn and not a "toy" to cause distraction is important.