The Making of a Good Fidget

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What is a fidget anyway? Fidgeting in itself is synonymous with moving and the inability to stay still. Moving the body keeps the brain awake. Have you ever been driving and you start getting a little sleepy, so you start moving in your seat, wiggling your leg, and do other movements to stay alert? Picture sitting at your desk at work and you are having trouble focusing, so you get up and take a walk so that you can continue to work.


The best fidgets are small innocuous items that are not distracting and provide mindless movement to the body. Ost people fidget, and they use items that they have with them all the time, like their pencil, eraser, clicking their pen, wiggling a leg, tapping the desk, etc.

When I have a student who likes to fidget, then I look at what they are already doing in class and if it is too disruptive to the class, we try to see if we can come up with something similar that is not disruptive. Doodling is also a form of fidgeting.

Fidget Requirements

  • Quiet
  • Not distracting
  • Not disruptive
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to come by

Hand Fidget ideas

  • Boinks
  • Squishy ball
  • Squishy balloon
  • Rubber band
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Bendable items
  • Pencil topper fidgets

Body Fidget

Foot Fidget

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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