When fidget spinners became the hot new trend a few years ago, some teachers hated them. Others embraced the fad, though, understanding that the best fidget toys actually help many kids concentrate on their schoolwork. The key is finding quiet devices that won’t distract other students. This roundup of fidgets is classroom-friendly and silent, but useful for students of any age. Don’t be surprised if you wind up using one of these clever gadgets yourself!
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1. Fidget Spinner
Here’s the original that started the trend: a fidget spinner! They’re still beloved, and the holographic rainbow finish on this one makes it among the coolest we’ve seen.
2. Mini Spinners
Want enough spinner fidget toys for the whole class? Try this bulk pack of smaller spinners made of lightweight but sturdy plastic.
3. Fidget Band
Some kids have more trouble keeping their feet still than their hands. That’s where fidget bands are useful. Attach them to chair or desk legs, and kids can kick and swing quietly while they work.
4. Bubble Pop Fidgets
Bubble wrap was a fidget long before these toys became a must-have! Check out ways to use these pop its in the classroom. We love these toys that let anxious fingers “pop” bubbles over and over again.
5. Marble Fidgets
The concept is so simple: it’s just a mesh tube with a marble inside. But there’s something very soothing about sliding it back and forth while you work.
6. Marble Maze
Here’s another version of a marble fidget toy. Guide the marble through the simple maze, back and forth. You can find patterns online to sew these yourself, or buy them at the link.
Buy it: SensiPalStore on Etsy
7. Infinity Cube
This is one of the highest-rated fidget items on Amazon. The infinity cube never stops moving, and you can turn it from any angle. If this sturdy version is a little pricey for your budget, try a plastic model instead.
8. Rainbow Fidget Ball
This clever little fidget is a puzzle, too! Push the small colorful balls into the center of the bigger ball, then try to get them back into the right spots.
9. Fidget Slug
Yup, you read that right: slugs! These cute little buggers have 3-D printed flexible bodies you can wriggle and adjust to relieve anxiety.
Buy it: CleverContraptions on Etsy
10. Fidget Cube
Fidget cubes are terrific because they give you lots of different options. This one has lots of 5-star reviews and comes with its own case.
11. Fidget Dodecahedron
If 6 sides are good, 12 must be twice as nice! Expand the fidget cube fun with this dodecahedron version.
12. Tangle Toys
These might not seem that intriguing at first, but they’re surprisingly fun to fidget with. Reviewers absolutely love them for kids and adults too.
13. Mini Hoberman Spheres
Hoberman spheres are fun to fidget with, but they’re also great for mindful breathing exercises. They’re an excellent addition to your classroom calm-down kit or corner.
14. Fidget Bracelet
This pretty bracelet doubles as a fidget device. It’s a smart choice for older kids and adults who feel like they’re past the “toy” stage.
Buy it: DiPrana on Etsy
15. Monkey Noodles
Pull, stretch, wrap, twirl … whatever helps you concentrate! These toys have thousands and thousands of 5-star reviews.
Buy it: Monkey Noodle 5-Pack on Amazon
16. Stretchy Fidget Men
Feeling stressed? Take it out on this stretchy little guy. You get enough for a whole class for pennies apiece.
17. Fidget Snake
This style of toy has been around for years, and they’re endlessly fun to play with. Twist them into different shapes and see what you can make!
Learn more: Ganowo Sensory Fidget Snakes, Set of 3 on Amazon
18. Squish Panel
Water beads have a fun squishy texture, but they can make a real mess. This sealed bag makes them safe to fidget with anywhere you go.
Buy it: SensiPalStore on Etsy
19. Kneadable Erasers
Kneadable erasers were originally intended for artists to allow them to create useful shapes to erase small lines. They’ve become popular fidget toys, too. These are food-scented, which is a plus for most people, but non-scented versions are available too.
20. Stress Relief Balls
Work off your fidgets by squeezing these squishy emoji balls! This assortment is lots of fun and comes with enough for your whole class.
21. Roller Chain
Spin the disks or move the sections to make different shapes. These fidget devices are small enough to fit in a pocket.
22. What’Zit Fidget
There’s something irresistible about this colorful wooden toy, according to the Amazon reviews. Kids and adults both love twisting and turning it into lots of interesting shapes.
Buy it: What’Zit Fidget Toy on Amazon
23. Original Fidget Retro
Full of buttons and rollers, this cute little device is designed to look like a retro game controller. One caveat: Some of the buttons do make a clicking noise, so this one might not be the best choice for quiet classrooms.
24. Thinking Putty
Pull, stretch, mold, and watch the mesmerizing colors change under the light. Thinking putty is kind of like Silly Putty; it never dries out and lasts pretty much forever.
25. Chain Fidget Toy
For older kids who might prefer a more discreet toy, this little device is less than 2 inches long. It twists, turns, and rolls, and slides into your pocket when you’re not using it.
26. Effacera Pop Fidget Spinner Toys
Get the best of both worlds with this combination of pop its and fidget spinners! The colorful tie-dye patterns make them all the more fun.
27. Speks Geode Magnetic Fidget Sphere
This is another great option for older kids who want to flex their creativity while making shapes with these magnetic blocks. Reviewers describe it as a “premium fidget toy.”
28. SHASHIBO Shape Shifting Box
With a beautiful design that can bend and fold into various geometric shapes, this fidget toy is as nice to look at as it is to play with!
29. Glow Magic Ball Rainbow Cube Puzzle
One teacher in the reviews for these puzzle balls says they like to use the fidgets as bellringers at the start of class, and students love competing with them in speed contests.
30. Fidget Toy Bundle Pack
Grab a little bit of everything with this 40-piece bundle of fidget toys, including chain fidgets, marble mazes, block games, and more.
Buy it: Fidget Toy Bundle Pack on Amazon