Homemade Fidget Toys for the Classroom

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Though you can buy fidget toys for your classroom, you can also make some inexpensive ones for your students to use. This resource will show you how to assemble some quick and easy fidget toys.

Classroom Fidget Toys

Fidget toys can help some students concentrate without causing disruption to the class or distracting other students. Though you can purchase these toys, you can also affordably make them yourself and your students may even be able to help you create some of them. You don't need any special skills to assemble the toys and they can be modified depending on the individual needs of your students.

Bumpy Buddies

Materials Needed:

  • One wood craft stick per fidget toy
  • Latex free self-adhesive medical tape in any color (make sure it's latex free as some people have latex allergies)
  • Washi tape or masking tape

Directions:

Fold a half inch of the medical tape over the back of the craft stick, hold it and then begin wrapping the medical tape around the craft stick, making sure the layers slightly overlap. Use a medium tension without wrapping it too loosely.

Once you get to the bottom of the stick, start wrapping in the opposite direction for a second layer. Continue this process until you have three layers, ending at the opposite end of the stick from where you originally began wrapping.

Cut the medical tape, leaving a half inch to fold over the back. Though it will stick to itself, secure each end with the Washi or masking tape to help fasten the medical tape to the stick, making it more durable.

The layers of medical tape create a pillowy, highly textured toy that students can squeeze or rub to help them concentrate during the learning process.

Stick Sliders

Materials Needed:

  • One unsharpened pencil per fidget toy
  • One chenille stick per fidget toy
  • 5 small plastic beads per fidget toy
  • Washi tape or masking tape

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