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Student Report: Why Fidget Spinners are Such A Successful Toy

15th June 17

Why Fidget Spinners are Such a Successful Toy and How They Influence the People that Use Them

By Miles, YR9

Fidget spinners have suddenly exploded into the toy industry, with every child needing to own one. Almost every child will know a friend who has one, or has a fidget spinner themselves. Unfortunately for many children, their schools have banned them and now they can’t play with them. It is understandable that children who find learning easier are banned from these toys, but it’s a big mishap that people who have ADHD, Autism, and other learning differences have been disallowed to use a toy that helps them concentrate.

Catherine Hettinger made the fidget spinner by using two very simple materials, paper and tape. The reason she produced this toy was because she was too sick to play with her daughter, but wanted her daughter to be able to have fun when she had no one to play with. Twenty years later, the fidget spinner has become a hugely popular toy with almost every store selling them. Sadly, Hettinger did not have the money to patent her design; this meant that she couldn’t make a single penny from her creation. She has said that she is not angry, but happy that her toy is so popular and that it can help children concentrate and de-stress by themselves.

“Schools Ban Fidget Spinners” – this title was in many newspapers when children came to school, and had their fidget spinners taken away as they entered the school grounds. The reason for this negative act on this positive toy was the Daily Mail (in my opinion, the most non-factual, silly newspaper in the UK) invited a psychologist to talk about how fidget spinners actually ‘distract’ children from learning. This was in no way proven and some schools were gullible enough to believe this from a single psychologist.

This can relate to many great inventions being banned by a whole nation believing the word of a single person. An similar example from history was the reaction to the kaleidoscope craze. One story told of a child who walked into a wall with a kaleidoscope on his eye because he was fixated by the colourful patterns, which was assumed to mean that ‘every single child’ would do this. As a result kaleidoscopes were banned by the Victorians! But the kaleidoscope is still known as a toy that people play with today and there are many other toys that were invented many years ago that have stages where they become popular again, and this repeats over the years.

Yo-yos and Hula-hoops were created before 500BC and people still use them today. The teddy bear was named after Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 when he refused to shoot a real bear. Cabbage Patch dolls were toys that had little electronic chips inside them allowing the dolls to speak which made them interactive. Rubix cubes were a mental game trying to find a pattern to solve the cubed puzzle. Both of these toys were made in the 1980s. Furbies and Tamagotchis appeared in the shops in the early 1990s, showing our sophisticated understanding of technology by the end of the 20th century. And now in 2017, we’ve gone back to a purely physical toy, the fidget spinner.

In my opinion, the fidget spinner has a very positive affect on the human race and shows that there is no need for any electronic device. It proves that you can have fun and learn using a toy that simply just spins around in a circle. The fidget spinner and many other revolutionary toys reflect the opinion of each generation of every era, and it seems that we’re on the right track to a healthier side of humanity.

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