When I pulled the ZekPro Anti-Anxiety 360 Spinner Toy from its packaging, I was skeptical. How can something like this help with anxiety, let alone promote better focus…for students? This spinner toy (and similar products referred to as ‘fidget spinners’) have really taken off. There are three weighty bearings that send the toy spinning for more than 2 minutes straight (if you have the patience to watch it go for that long without spinning it again).
Before I introduced the spinner to my nephew, I tested it out myself.
At first, I spun the toy on the palm of my hand, then on my finger, and then on the arm of my chair. With a quiet whirl, watching the spinner in action is kind of mesmerizing. I tried to see how fast I could get it to go, and fussed with it while I watched TV. Once I finally put the spinner down, I felt drawn to it shortly thereafter and wanted to have it in my hand. I can’t say that it helped me focus, but I will say that the spinner has this calming, relaxing effect. I like spinning the ‘toy,’ and then gently wave it from side to side to produce this rhythmic effect.
I can definitely see how something like this can take your mind off of negative thoughts, fear, and feeling impatient.
Once I conducted my assessment of the spinner toy, it was time to show my nephew. When he saw the box, his eyes lit up. He immediately knew what it was. With excitement in his voice, he went on to tell me how he really wanted one of these…and how teachers actually give them out to kids during class to help with concentration. It was like he was selling me on the product. He played with the fidget spinner for days and days; didn’t break it; and even took it to school without getting in trouble with it. There are also YouTube videos that show you how to get the most enjoyment out of the fidget spinner.
Now, the ZekPro Spinner Toy that I received was labeled ‘GOLD Edition,’ and the photo on the outside of the packaging did not reflect the product inside. What you get is neither shiny nor gold-looking, but is instead, dull and brownish in color. If you are a collector of fidget spinners, then you’re going to be disappointed. I am not a collector (and also received this product at a discounted price), so I could care less about the color…but if I did pay full price and expected to receive a gold spinner, then I would not be a happy camper.
The plastic parts of the ZekPro Spinner Toy that I received was solidly constructed, did not feel cheap, and did not break…even when my nephew dropped it on our hardwood floor. I’ve encountered the same type of spinning toy at local stores, and you can tell that the plastic is of lower quality.
What do you think of ‘fidget spinners?’
Disclosure: I received this product at a discounted price. I was not obligated to write a review on my site, but decided to because I was pleased with this spinner.