Let’s face it – Fidget Spinners have hit the market with a tornado effect that has left parents dizzy from the demands of their child.
Ironically, Fidget Spinners are the ‘spin off’ from the Fidget Cube. The latter was a solution offered to people (adults and kids) to help with ‘fidgeting’ which is a tactile response to an stimulated environment.
Tactile Learners require touch in order to deal with an environment – normally associated with learning! Tactile Learners are often confused with Kinesthetic Learners, with the latter needing physical movement such as skipping, running or jumping to help them concentrate on difficult learning tasks.
Because of the confusion between the two, parents have been caught in the middle of a marketing & sales wind storm. And because fidget spinners/cubes are under $20.00 the investment to purchase one versus a ‘demanding’ child is well worth the peace at home!
Does My Child Need a Fidget Spinner!
The answer is quite simple. Unless you have completed an authorized Learning Style Analysis, it is challenging to determine if you child is a Tactile Learner. However, little tell-tale signs might help you decide.
One give-away to a Tactile Learner is the clicking of a pen when given a challenging task. At TechCamps4Kids camps we often can pick out tactile learners when given a challenge task during a tech workshop. And as a result, we are equipped with some tools to help them through this learning process. These learning tools do not include a Fidget Spinner, as we often find tools that make a noise are disruptive in a classroom environment. And, because we want all kids to enjoy the program, we make sure we keep the class environment inclusive not exclusive!
How do I find out if my child is a Tactile Learner?
TechCamps4Kids offers Learning Style Analysis for Kids/Parents. The analysis comes with 3 reports that help children understand their learning style (empowerment), helps parents understand their child’s learning style (knowledge) and helps the teacher understand your child’s learning style (solutions)
Are Fidget Spinners a Bad Thing?
This depends on a number of things! Was the Fidget Spinner purchased to help in a learning environment or was it bought because everyone else has one? The latter is not a problem, however it would be classed more as a toy than as a learning tool.
Secondly, one needs to question where you bought the Fidget Spinner? Currently, there are a number of Fidget Spinners that have been found to have high amounts of Lead and Mercury (Read More Here)
And lastly, is the Fidget Spinner disturbing other children’s learning experience? Many schools are stepping in and banning Fidget Spinners from the classroom because it is disrupting the class. As a result, everyone’s learning experience is being exploited which means your child may be the one who is missing out on some amazing new skills they can use now and in the future! (Read More Here)