A search for “fidget spinner” at eBay turns up more than 29,000 results. Amazon yields roughly 16,500 results from the same search, with prices ranging from about $2 all the way up to $460. Smaller sellers like GoSpinner sell dozens of different models, including a bestseller offered for free (customers just pay for shipping), and others that might, say, glow in the dark or resemble the Batman symbol. There are also requisite groups on Reddit and Facebook devoted to fidget spinners, plus hundreds of videos on YouTube of people showing their gadgets off. Dozens of these videos feature cats playing with fidget spinners, and yes, they basically play with them the same way that humans do—by spinning and watching, and then spinning and watching some more.
What makes fidget spinners especially interesting—and perhaps, especially marketable—is that they’re not being promoted as fun, simple distractions. Just the opposite, actually. The pitch is that fidget spinners help the user to stop fidgeting and focus better. Some of the gadgets are billed as “designed to relieve Stress, Anxiety, ADD & ADHD, Autism.”
“It stimulates the part of the mind that gets bored, so they can fidget with that, and then they can be creative thinking otherwise,” the owner of a pair of Learning Express stores in Pennsylvania said regarding fidget spinners. “The part that gets bored gets stimulated, and it helps them focus the other part of their brain.”
Item # 110269PRICE
Press a button and watch a swirl of lights flicker and spin! This mini light up toy includes a safe, easy to use breakaway necklace. Just put it on and your child will have instant access to a fun, visual distraction wherever they go! This is a great travel toy that won’t be easily lost no matter where you go.
Best of all, the mini light spinner changes as you hold down the button. Watch as different colors spin in different places. Lights will be solid and then flicker on and off, so that they look like spinning dots. This is a fun, inexpensive gift for a child with autism. You can also use it as a reward toy for positive behavior.
This item is approximately 4″ tall and comes in assorted colors. It requires 3 button cell batteries that are included. Please note this toy is recommended for children ages three and up.