Have you ever heard of stress balls, fidget spinners, or other stress-relieving toys? Whether it’s your child, your niece, or your best friend who uses them, they were invented to help people ease stress and anxiety levels.
So who invented fidget toys, and where did they come from? We want to take you back in time to explain the history of fidget toys and why they have been so popular throughout the years.
First, Why Do We Fidget?
Fidgeting is defined as “Making small movements with your body, usually your hands and feet.” It’s related to short attention spans, often reflecting discomfort and restlessness.
While some experience small amounts of fidgeting, others impulsively fidget quite often. Simply put, fidgeting is the body’s natural response to boredom, apprehension, anxiety, restlessness, frustration, ADHD, confusion, the inability to concentrate, or a combination of these.
The Story Behind Fidget Toys
Fidget toys are not an entirely new concept but have been used by parents for hundreds, even thousands of years to relieve stress and entertain children. Baoding balls are one of the earliest forms of fidget toys.
Thousands of years ago, during the Ming Dynasty, Baoding balls were created and made of metal as a part of Chinese medicine. They were generally prescribed as a health measure to help fidgeting hands stay occupied and out of trouble.
The Moov Mini
At Kando Wellness, we always look for ways to help with fidgeting! Our fidget toy, the whimsical Moov Mini, fits right in the palm of your hand.
This innovative, take-anywhere, therapeutic toy was developed to reduce stress, beat boredom, banish brain fog, nix nerves, improve test scores of schoolchildren, and much more. With our Moov Mini, you can stay calm with a clear state of mind.