Disclaimer: I was given samples of ZURU Fidget Spinners for the purposes of this review. All opinions – including exclamations of “AWESOME!” and “SO COOL!” – are entirely our own. I will always give you my honest thoughts.
I don’t know if it is the same in your neck of the woods, but the hottest toy around here now is the Fidget Spinner. Local stores post signs outside proclaiming “WE HAVE FIDGET SPINNERS” and kids and parents come running, money in hand.
My own kids are not immune to the latest toy trends, so they asked if we could find some. No small feat; they were sold out everywhere. The boys even started searching for them online. So when I got the opportunity to try some fidget spinners and write about our impressions, my response (and my kids’) was:
You might say there was a bit of excitement when the package arrived.
Bravo was home first, so he helped with the unboxing.
(Normally VERY camera-shy, Bravo didn’t mind these product shots at all.)
He immediately began spinning it, and I heard the gentle whir it makes. (I can see how people find them soothing.) But that was soon drowned out by his exclamations of “THIS IS AWESOME!” and “THIS IS SO COOL!”
He waited by the front window for Alpha to get home so Bravo could “rub it in” that he got to play with them first. (Everything is a competition, you know?)
Before long, they were happily fidget spinning together. (Might have been the longest period of quiet togetherness that we’ve had in weeks, come to think of it.)
As they got to know their Fidget Spinners, they tried new ways to use them.
Bravo tried spinning it on his forehead.
Alpha balanced it on his big toe.
(Please tell me my kids aren’t the only ones to try this?)
Later, Bravo held his spinner in front of the TV screen because he had heard that it creates an optical illusion in which the spinner appears to spin in the opposite direction. I don’t know if this is true, but it looked that way to me.
Bravo also discovered that once spinning, the Fidget Spinner would spin for a long time. He began to time himself doing his chores to see if he could get them done before the spinner stopped. One morning he managed to brush his teeth and get dressed (minus socks) before it wound to a stop on the table.
Parents: This could come in handy for any chore stalling that may occur at your house. “Quick, race the spinner!” (I might just use that one myself.)
The Fidget Spinners have been in their hands often over the past few days, especially while they are watching TV or sitting down unoccupied with homework or reading. Bravo even tries to bring his to bed with him.
Bravo accidentally bumped my nose the other day, and he immediately passed me his Fidget Spinner and said, “This will take away your pain and calm you down.”
While I can’t claim that there was any medicinal benefit, I appreciated the thought.
I was really impressed with the quality of the ZURU Fidget Spinners. They are quiet and spin very smoothly and even quicker than I imagined. It amazes me that such a seemingly simple thing could entertain my kids for so long. They are planning to bring them along on our upcoming road trips to use in the car. (I hope that will encourage them to look up from their screens more while we are on the road.)