If you are a parent of a child who can’t sit still, one of your biggest concerns is most likely how they will fare in school. How will they sit for hours at a time without getting in trouble? Better yet, how will they do this and still be able to learn? For kids who need to be in constant movement, having a little fidget toy that they can keep in their pocket can be a BIG help. It offers them the opportunity for fidgeting and movement when in a seated position, without drawing attention to themselves. And if you’re worried about whether or not your school will allow these pocket fidgets, just have a convo with the teacher. Bringing them on board can only help your kiddo.
Pocket Fidgets You Can Buy
Here are a few of my favorites that you can buy, at the bottom of this list, I’ll tell you some that you can make yourself and a few that are just simple household materials.
You can make them too!
These will be life-savers for your kids in school. If you don’t want to go the route of buying little toys, Busy Kids Happy Mom suggests using pipe cleaners, which can also be wrapped around pencils as an added bonus. Another alternative to this is to use Wikki Stix . Make your own by dipping yarn in melted wax. You can also use stretchy beaded bracelets or water balloons filled with play dough, or string some paperclips onto a key ring!
I guess the main point is, some kids (for a number of reasons) both neurotypical or with special needs, might have a difficult time sitting still and therefore focusing in school. I love this post by Lemon Lime Adventures about the real reason your kid can’t sit still, give it a read if you can relate. Pocket fidgets are a really simple way to help keep the antsy behavior at bay.
So make your own, or try some of these our that I am recommending. Whether or not we feel like the behavior of our little one is justified, it is still up to us to find ways to help them cope. As parents, we all want our kiddos to be the best version of themselves that they can be, sometimes that requires a little out of the box thinking. I REALLY hope these help you and your family.
Remember…these don’t have to be used ONLY in school…there are always long car rides, church…the dinner table…
Photos: Children portrait near desk and Cute Child from Depositphotos
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