Fidget Stones

pre-wedding.pngHow do you feel about fidget spinners?

In my opinion, the idea behind them is just what some students need. When they became popular I sat with my students and talked to them about why someone would need a fidget spinner (it’s not just a toy). I used myself as an example, as I always do with this subject, I constantly play with my ID badge or my necklace (my one friend from last year always liked to point this out). I can still teach and read stories even though I am fidgeting. I wanted my students to understand some people NEED to fidget and for others fidgeting is distracting. Let me clarify, I am NOT saying the student who is using a fidget distracts others instead, I’m saying the student themselves are distracted when they have a fidget. This also helped my students to understand fidgets are not toys.

They need to decide which is true for themselves.

1. I can fidget with something and still use active listening. I remember what was taught and didn’t spend any extra time completing my work.

2. When I fidgeted with something I sometimes missed what the teacher was saying or it took me longer to complete my work. 

It’s amazing to see that my 2nd graders as a class decided the only time to use Fidget Spinners was during recess and dismissal time. They recognized that they were more of a distraction. Now, I still had my friends that really could use a fidget. Yes, I like the concept of a fidget spinner. What I really mean is I like fidgets. I think the conversation from above is an important one to have with students. I understand that some students benefit from them. There are plenty of fidgets that are not distracting to others and more cost effective.

Let’s explore a quiet and possibly free option for students!

IMG_3490.JPGFidget Stones

As a kid living on the lake I always played with stones. You know those smooth ones?

I always had one that I would put in my hand and rub with my thumb. I can still find one that I had from high school.

These fidgets can be free if you go find some stones or relatively cheap. Bonus, rock painting has also become very popular. You can find a bag of stones from Wal-Mart or a local craft store. Here is a cheap set from my Amazon affiliate link: http://amzn.to/2eTD7Q7

I know it sounds crazy to bring stones into your classroom! Of course you need to set rules. We don’t want flying stones! I created a Fidget Stone, I Can Statement Poster just for this. You can grab it for FREE HERE

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Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 10.39.13 AM.pngMake sure to show the students what you want from each statement. Focus on the positive and how to use it not what not to do. Let them find a rock or pick from the stones you bought or collected. This will be their fidget stone. They need to responsibly choose from the 2 options above and follow expectations. Of course, as always this is a privilege and misuse can equal in it being taken away.

Get your copy of the I can poster plus a version with teacher notes all FREE.

I hope that you can find a fidget that fits your classroom. Feel free to share in the comments!

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5 thoughts on “Fidget Stones

  1. Wow love this idea of a fidget stone! They vary in shape, size, texture, etc. and are far less distracting to other children in a classroom… plus- they are free and/or affordable for teachers and parents. You have listed several great points and I love the “I Can” statements to show expectations. Enjoyed this read and I am definitely going to try this alternative!!

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    • Thank you Megan. There are many great free or affordable fidgets for students. I wanted to make sure the expectations were listed in the positive instead of showing them ways to play.

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  2. What an absolutely fabulous idea! I love it! Having a discussion with the class regarding how some children need a fidget to help them focus, while others find it distracting is a great way to help young children understand that fair is not always equal. I have used stress balls before (they kept rolling away-gave up on those) and some of the children who did not require a “fidget” wanted one because they thought it was a prize. Thank you for your time presenting this idea! Brilliant!

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    • I always have trouble with giving something to just some of the students. As the adult we know why, but the students don’t. It also shows other students if I act a certain way maybe I will get the “toy” as well. Having students decide if it is right for them empowers them.

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