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1. A fidget toy modeled after a bike chain with six customizable colors.
Promising review: «My 10-year-old has been asking for a fidget toy for some time now. She wanted the spinner type like everyone else, but I decided to give her something different so she could be unique. This did the trick. She likes to play with it on long car drives and she showed it off to her friends at gymnastics. And like I expected, the other kids liked hers because it was different. It keeps her busy and quiet in the car — and probably more important — off her tablet.» —Jasen L. Dill
Get it from Amazon for $9.90.
2. Squishy «mochi» animal friends that can easily be put in pockets or placed on desks. They don’t make any noise and are easy to clean, so they make good companions.
Promising review: «My kids loved these since they arrived and have not stopped playing with them. When they are angry they squeeze it and it has helped at times. They have gotten very dirty but I just rinse them with water and let them air dry and they are as good as new.» —Miriam Mendoza
Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $7.69 or 20 from Walmart for $18.87.
3. An orbiter for magnet aficionados. You can spin the metal ball around the magnetic orbiter to relieve stress.
Promising review: «This is a cooler alternative to a traditional fidget spinner. It works very smoothly: We hold the big piece and swing the small one around it. It comes with a nice black container and a pouch. My boys enjoy playing with this.» —spectrum805
Get it from Amazon for $10.99.
4. Eye-popping animal keychains to squeeze when you need something repetitive to do with your hands.
Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.99.
5. A flippy chain gadget you can discreetly play with whenever your fingers need something to do. It’s silent and fits nicely in the palm of your hand.
Promising review: «I bought this little thing for my 11-year-old son. He’s anxious and overly worried. This little thing has stopped him from biting his fingers and peeling skin from his lips. I bought him another, just in case he loses this one. It’s quiet, fits in his pocket, doesn’t distract anyone in class and apparently other students want it too.» —Dog Daze
Get it from Amazon for $1.21 (available in five colors).
6. A pail of slime — they’re easy to make or buy, and come in a ton of different colors and styles. Sometimes even the containers have a fun design.
Get the fruit from Amazon for $9.99 or the gold foil from EmeraldCitySlimes on Etsy for $2.75+.
7. A fidget cube that offers a lot more for anxious hands to do than your standard fidget spinner. You can rotate the joystick, press rubber bottoms, spin the metal ball, rub the worry stone, move the gears, and click a switch.
Promising review: «First things first, if you’re looking for a fidget cube, look no further, this is absolutely perfect in every way! The housing of this cube is a nice rubberized plastic that feels sturdy, and is solidly built. The buttons are nice rubber buttons, they feel like buttons on a television remote, with three that make audible clicks, and two ‘dead’ buttons that still press, but make no noise. The joystick is comparable to that of a gaming controller, and flows smoothly and feels great as well. The switch is nice with a satisfying click, however if you’d like to be silent, give it a soft and slow click, and it won’t make any noise. The spinner is superb, you can set that end on a table, give it a spin, and it just goes and goes! Nice smooth and easy spinning! The ‘worry stone’ rubs nicely I guess, that’s the only side I don’t really have much use for, but if that’s something you like, it won’t disappoint! But now onto my favorite side, the ball and gears, the gears roll nicely in both directions with no resistance, and the ball rolls just as well, and much to my surprise, the ball clicks as well when you push it, which I love!» —Rheanel Breshears
Get it from Amazon for $1.94+ (available in 10 colors) or Walmart for $4.99 (available in black).
8. An egg stress toy for getting out some shpilkes and working up an appetite.
Promising review: «I love these eggs. I’ve bought splatter balls before, but I LOVE the eggs. I find they feel better than the other shapes. I really like that they have a yolk floating around in them, as I like to squeeze it to the edge, or squeeze on just the yolk. These splat and then reform very easily. The only real downside is that they won’t last forever.» —Stacy
Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99.
9. Or a puking egg toy for some gross-out humor to lighten your mood.
The goo spills out of the egg when you squeeze it, and then gets sucked back in.
Get a pack of six from Amazon for $8.99.
10. Pencil toppers inspired by nuts and bolts for a subtle activity always within hand’s reach.
Each topper has a different texture so they all feel different to play with.
Promising review: «Two out of four are silent… the other two make slight clicking sounds as they move up and down, which can get a child in trouble in class. I sent the quiet ones to school and kept the others at home for homework times.» —Jessica
Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.52 or 12 from Walmart for $17.99.
11. A Swingy Thing — a wooden toy with 52 challenges like spinning all the swings except one or spinning them in different directions. You can also just absent-mindedly swing the toy.
This frustrating little device will help develop logic skills and hand-eye coordination.
Get it from Amazon for $13.95, Vat19 for $9.95, or Jet for $12.94.
12. A weighted fidget stick you can roll, push, and flip. You can even play a game where you try to push the stick just right to flip it over.
Promising review: «I really can not stop playing this. It’s easy and simple. I think it’s way better than the fidget spinner because my fingers are so short and I could never spin that thing fast enough.» —Chloe
Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in five colors).
13. Squishy toys that rise slowly after you squeeze them so you can watch them gradually retake shape, and breathe a little easier. They’re also cream scented!
Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $14.99.
14. An emoji stress ball for a sensory toy worth texting about.
Promising review: «Ordered these for my son. He’s four and has autism and sensory issues. He adores these squashy balls. Especially the ones with more little balls on the inside suspended in liquid. It’s amazing how long these hold up to intense toddler play. Very calming and great for sensory feedback.» —Magda
Get a pack of three from Amazon for $12.97.
15. A mermaid ball with reversible sequins to pet when your fingers need something to do.
It even has a strap on the back so you can keep it secured while you play.
Promising review: «This is great in my son’s backpack for troubling times on the school bus. It helps him focus on what’s in front of him and not everything going on around him.» —Holly Lee
Get it from Amazon for $13.99.
16. A pouch of netting with a ball inside — it lacks a catchy, marketable name, but the sensory toy can be good for stress, autism, ADHD, or light physical therapy for stiff fingers and joints.
Promising review: «This is a wonderful fidget toy. I’m a mental health professional and so I use it for kids ages 11-18 as a fidget toy for when they are anxious, and I also passed them out to attendees of a mental health trauma training I did last week. Everyone thinks these fidget toy is just wonderful and loves to play with it — both adults and kids. Great buy!» —Michelle
Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $7.97+.
17. Chewable pencil tops that’ll save you from accidentally snapping into a pen and getting a mouthful of ink.
It comes with a free chewable bracelet. Just make sure not to give these to small children because it could become a choking hazard.
Promising review: «My son (with autism) LOVES these! He seeks out soft chewy surfaces so I’ve been returning lots of chewy necklaces or bracelets because they’re too tough. I bought a set of chewy bracelets that included one of these horse chewies as a free sample, and he loved them more than the bracelets! Now, I’m back for more horses. The first chew horse ended up losing its head because it developed a rip right under the neck. Since they’re silicone, I just cut it off so that it wouldn’t become a choking hazard and he continued chewing on the base.» —LawyerMom
Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.59.
18. A classic spinning top to de-stress and prove to yourself you’re not stuck in a dream.
Promising review: «I bought several and they were all great. Especially for the money. Very soothing for people with anxiety.» —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $6.99.
19. A fidget pad inspired by a video game controller for a familiar and comforting toy to click and press when your hands need something to do.
Promising review: «I feel embarrassed to admit how many fidget toys I have laying around to compare this to, but hey, I do actually have ADHD, so that’s my excuse. That said, this is by far the best as far as tactile feel. The joystick in particular is stellar, and it probably the only one I’ve encountered on any of these types of things that even feels remotely like a joystick. My only criticism is that the non-clicky buttons are lackluster, and the little spring-slider on the side has a tendency to snap back loudly, so beware not to play with that one or else you’ll annoy folks. Everything else is fantastic!» —Rev. Gallard
Get it from Amazon for $6.23.
20. A spinny cube that fits neatly back into place when you’re done spinning, so it feels extra satisfying.
Promising review: «This thing here can knock a person out, much heftier than I expected it to be, and absolutely mesmerizing.» —Shy
Get it from Amazon for $7.52.
21. Tangle toys that can be molded into various shapes and come in various color schemes. You can take them apart and reassemble so it’ll feel like a new toy every day.
Promising review: «We have a foster son with PTSD who tends to pick at his fingers/nails when he feels anxious or is triggered (which is often). Just a few days after getting these, I got an email from his teacher that he had been triggered by something and that he realized it, took out his Tangle Jr., and asked to sit off to the side of the classroom to use it and calm down, then was able to rejoin the class a few minutes later. HUGE progress.» —toinfinityandbiond
Get a pack of three from Amazon for $12.88+ (available in seven colors), a pack of eight from Jet for $23.45, or a pack of 12 from Walmart for $38.95.
22. And chewable necklaces — heroic objects that are safe to gnaw on and easily accessible.
Get the superhero one for $7.55+ (available in three heroes) or the beaded one for $15.97 (available in two colors).
Everyone else is going to be so jealous.
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