Why do kids adore squishies and fidget spinners?On January 11, 2019 by das09tic
Can these toys actually help improve our children’s attention, and what’s behind the sudden fidget toy craze?
A short time ago, fidget spinners were the most popular toy worldwide. An absolute trend.
If you never saw them before, here’s what they look like. These are usually small triangular toys with a ball bearing in the middle that enables it to spin. The user holds the center, and balances, spins, or twirls the toy in their hands.
However, the time of fidget spinners has gone. A new toy is here to take their place – the squishy. Some think that these are typical stress balls that you can squeeze, but they really aren’t.
Squishies are the next big thing in the world of toys. Adrienne Appell, the director of strategic communications for the Toy Association, says that we can expect a squishy craze in the next year.
But, why are these fidget toys on the rise? Some say that it is because they increase a child’s attention span, but is there any proof?
According to Adrienne, it is because it’s a lot easier for toys to go viral.
Kids are learning about interesting new toys on social media, and luckily, most of these new toys are collectible and inexpensive.
According to psychologists, these toys do have a beneficial effect. They can help a child’s attention. In the world where everything is readily available, and two-year-olds can use iPads, kids experience a lot of boredom, and it happens quickly. Telling your kid to sit still and focus just won’t work, but if you give them a background stimuli, like a squishy toy, they might focus more on the task at hand.
According to a 2006 study, this works perfectly. Children who got stress balls paid more attention in class, their attitude was better, and they were spending more time interacting with their peers.
According to psychologists, these toys help people be ”on” – they make your brain perform an action repetitively, which leads to you being able to focus the rest of your attention elsewhere.
While these toys were primarily designed for children, many parents and students tend to start using them. Repetitive, rhythmic actions these toys provide promote dopamine production in our brains, which, in turn, stimulates pleasure and reward centers.
The only challenge here is making sure that these fidget toys won’t become a distraction with their multitude of colors, shapes, and scents.
If these toys can allow us to stimulate our minds quietly, that’s one thing, but if they start distracting everyone around us, then they aren’t doing their job correctly.
Squishies are not the only fad toys! Here are retro toys that took the world by storm.
*Beanie Babies – these PVC-pellet filled animal-shaped bean bags swept the world in the 90s.
*GAK – Nickelodeon and Matel worked together to create this one. This slimy toy was an absolute hit. There was a version that glows in the dark, as well as those with scents, and bubble ones. A must-have during the 90s.
*Stress balls – When the first stress ball came out in 1988, it wasn’t that popular, because it released a glass breaking sound upon impact. When they started making them out of polyurethane foam, their popularity grew.
*Hulahoops – the first worldwide toy craze was in the 1950s, and the hula hoop was to blame. Children were able to release extra energy through rhythmic motions of the hoop. Soon enough, the adults started playing with these as well.