And this toy just turns? This is the most frequent question among those who have not yet had contact with the object that is the youngest darling among children and pre-adolescents. It is known as a hand spinner, fidget spinner or just spinner. The piece is a kind of spinner: it has three propellers attached to a bearing in the central part. And, yeah, it just spins. But, according to the little ones, that alone can be a lot of fun.
“What I like the most is to do such maneuvers with him,” says Elise Oliveira, while balancing the spinning toy on his knee. The girl won three pieces at the last birthday party, nine years old. Theme of millions of videos on Youtube, the toy has gained popularity for about a month. The object can be plastic, iron or metal and has variations in the format. The most common shapes are rounded shapes. In addition, some even rotate for about two minutes and have colorful led lights.
And it’s just the lights that Valentina Holland, 7, most like in the play. “I won two years ago from my parents because I took a grade 10 in Mathematics, Spanish and Science”, details the merit, joking Elise.
According to some reports, the hand spinner can help people who have anxiety and attention deficit. Anny Loureiro, the occupational therapist, explains that the fidget spinner is designed to help this kind of mental disease, but there is no evidence that the hand spinner has a good medical effect on these diseases. In fact, the joke itself is that it is able to relax and relieve tension and stress. The spinner’s differential is in repetitive motion, which requires sustained attention of the child to make it work. This causes the brain to ‘disconnect’ from the surrounding world, “he says.
Psychologist Marcela Clementino stresses that there is no research to prove these functions, “but it is known that its use, in some demands, makes it easier for the person to concentrate, because it is a manual toy and the spinning effect brings some well-being.” It states that caregivers need to be aware of the quality and functionality of the object when acquiring it.
With the new play about two weeks ago, after convincing the parents, Gustavo Fernandez, 13, says that, in fact, the spinner is quite relaxing. “It’s a toy and it’s really fun,” he says. Asked about the simplicity of the dynamics, he responds: “It’s very simple indeed, it just turns – and that’s not a problem. Old-fashioned toys like spinning top and yo-yo also only spin and everyone found it fun, “he says.