My youngest is in Grade 4, in a split class with Grade 3s. He’s always been a super active child, moving non-stop from the moment he wakes up to the time he crashes in bed.

He is so physically active that even when he needs to sit, he is either shaking his leg, or fidgeting with something, or moving his entire body on the chair. It’s tough for him to sit still, especially in a classroom for six hours.

He tends to get restless, which is normal for kids his age! Kids need the space and time to run around and be active. Asking any active child to sit still for longer than an hour is difficult.

So there have been times during class that he has some difficulty keeping focused and still. He often gets distracted by the activity in the classroom, and other kids.

In mid-March, my son’s teacher told him he should get a fidget cube to help him with his fidgeting in class. We looked into it, and purchased a cube and a spinner from Amazon. Within a couple of days, my son was happily focused in class, taking his fidgeting out on these nifty devices.

Fast forward a month later and these fidget gadgets are everywhere! Like any “toy” trend, this one spread like wildfire. Now everyone has them – which is great, BUT… they aren’t a “toy” for some kids.

Some kids NEED to have fidget cubes and fidget spinners in class. Others simply don’t. I worry that the thing that was supposed to prevent distraction in the classroom is going to end up being the cause of it.

Will this new “trend” ruin it for the kids who will actually benefit from these fidget tools?

These fidget cubes and fidget spinners are really helpful for kids who are having trouble concentrating on a task. For some kids, they’ve become a toy rather than a tool for kids like mine, who need them in the classroom.

The fidget cube and fidget spinner have both been helpful in keeping my son focused in the classroom. He describes them as “satisfying” because of the various functions they have. They help him with distraction and he does fidget less in class.

I hope that they aren’t eventually banned from school classrooms because kids who have trouble focusing, and ADHD kids truly need these tools in order to function during the day.

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Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Thank you very much for this info. My grandson would benefit from items like this immensely.

  2. These fidget cubes and spinners are quite popular. Kids love them.

  3. My mom is a teacher and has banned these from her classroom. They are very distracting.

  4. Jill Reese Reply

    I don’t personally see the appeal.. seems to encourage distraction!

  5. I think the point of this post is that these tools are helpful to some who have trouble focusing, including children with ADHD. It is unfortunate that they are now used as a toy. People have used different ways to focus, relieve anxiety and calm themselves for a long time, think worry stones. If these tools help one child through the day, it is a good thing.

  6. Elizabeth Matthiesen Reply

    These seem to be all the rage now. Though do please don’t let your child put it in his mouth. I read the other day of one child who had one of the metal rings come off and it lodged in his oesophagus. So please be careful with a fidget spinner.

  7. I couldn’t agree more with this concern… I grew up with ADHD and understand how difficult it is to concentrate in the classroom / I would have greatly benefited from a product like this. I feel like you’re right – this is a great product that could help children… its too bad its become a trend that children with ADHD need versus a toy for other kids who are just simply bored in class. In my opinion, those who say its a distraction don’t fully understand the concept and needs of ADHD.

  8. While they might be good for a student that needs it it’s not for a student that doesn’t (but wants it) unfortunately. I find them an unnecessary distraction in the classroom setting and there are definitely other options for children!

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