While it may seem like fidgets are a trendy fad, for kids (or adults) who need to fidget, they are anything but. For those who need them, fidgets are a way to calm the anxiety, calm the nerves, settle the body, focus the attention, and improve concentration.
Fidgets You Can Make Yourself
Make Your Own Sensory (Stress) Balls – These are so easy (and inexpensive) to make. You can tuck them into backpacks or lockers and are a nice quiet fidget for school.
Homemade Emoji Squishies – These are another quiet fidget that are great for squeezing which makes them a good calm down tool.
DIY Fidget Toolkit for Wiggly Kids by Growing Hands-on Kids
Duct Tape Endless Cube from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls (pictured)
DIY Desk Fidget Tool from The OT Toolbox (pictured)
How to Build a Fidget Spinner with LEGO Bricks by Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls
How To Make a Fidget Spinner by Kids Activities Blog (pictured)
Super Simple Fidget Spinners Kids and Parents Can Make by Pint-Sized Treasures
Lego Spinner Pencil Topper from Teach Me Mommy (pictured)
Make Your Own Marble Maze by Apple Green Cottage (pictured)
Magically Endless DIY Lego Fidget Cube for Kids Who Can’t Sit Still from Lemon Lime Adventures (pictured)
More Fidgets You Can Make
How to Make a Fidget Spinner DIY by Red Ted Art (pictured)
LEGO Fidget Spinner by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
How to Make an Epic DIY Lego Fidget Cube by Lemon Lime Adventures (pictured)
DIY Pencil Topper Fidget Toy from The OT Toolbox (pictured)
Ninja Fidget Spinner DIY by Red Ted Art
Magically Endless DIY Lego Fidget Cube for Kids That Can’t Sit Still by Lemon Lime Adventures
The Easiest Ever DIY Fidget Toy for Kids Who Need to Move by Schooling a Monkey
One of our sons made fidget spinners using zip ties and bearings.
The OT Toolbox has some great suggestions for DIY fidgets using things you probably have around the house such as paper clips or beads and pipe cleaners.
Carolyn from Wise Owl Factory suggests using coffee stir sticks as they can be used to drum on a desk without making much sound at all.
You may know someone who would love this shirt about the need to fidget.
Of course if you don’t want to make your own fidgets, there are also some pretty awesome and unique fidgets you can purchase, like these fidget spinner rings and pen toppers.
Read more about anxiety and fidget toys and so much more when it comes to sensory processing in Sensory Processing Explained.