Boom, Crash, Bang – The Fidget Spinner Kingda Ka – A Review of 3 Spinners

I’m assuming that unless you’ve just crawled out from under a rock, you know what fidget spinners are. Chances are, you’re holding one now as you read.

 

These little twirly toys (I’m having a hard time describing something so simple) have been touted as the cure for… fidgeting, hyperactivity, attention problems, etc., and for the most part, teachers have been hating it.

 

I see another use for them.

 

The Other Use For Fidget Spinners

 

Some toddlers suck pacifiers, some clutch blankets, and some hug teddy bears. Most of my siblings have never had too strong of a comfort object, although one sister had a doll she was glued to until we mercilessly hid it from her.

 

My little brother, who is now 20 months old, has a fidget spinner.

 

Yup, a fidget spinner. He fights to be holding one all the time, cries if we take it away (“Fidget! Fidget!”), clutches it to sleep, takes it to the babysitter… And if I’m holding one, he’ll want to make a trade because the grass is always greener on the other side – even if you’re still in diapers.

 

I know, we’re raising a real Generation Z fella right here.

 

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But the question is, how did this happen? How did fidget spinners – an unknown gadget just two months ago – spread so fast across the world, through every demographic, geographic locale, and socio-economic level, not to mention across all levels of intelligence? For a while, even the security folks at the airport were playing with them, and I couldn’t blame them, although – folks, you’re supposed to be bored.

 

I don’t have a good answer; I’d love to hear if you do. If anyone knows the secret behind this global fad, please let me know. I’d like to spread my Puzzles of Utopia that fast and that far!

 

Is The Fad Over?

 

By now, the fad has mostly died down in intensity. I think of it like the Kingda Ka roller coaster – it goes up so high and steep that it then comes crashing down. Everyone’s who’s got them may still be playing with them, but they get lost, they get left behind, and who’s still comparing one to the other?

 

Me. I received two fidget spinners a while ago for free for the purpose of reviewing, but life happens and I couldn’t review them until now. Here’s hoping the sellers still benefit from my late reviews…

The red-white-blue fidget spinner (yes, it would be perfect for Independence Day in 2 weeks) is available on Amazon here. It costs about $8 and is currently in Prime. When I bought it, it was shipped straight from the seller (i.e. not Prime) but came within the week).

The silver small fidget spinner is available on Amazon here. I really like this one, although it costs a little more (about $35) than I would spend even on chocolate or Harry Potter goods…

The orange-yellow fidget spinner somehow appeared in our house. Somebody must have brought it home from a friend, or maybe a friend dropped it here, but we’re happy to use it until claimed!

 

Do you have a fidget spinner, or several? Or did you stay strong against the tide? Please share your reviews and recommendations!

 

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