Oh the fidget spinner craze…. have your children and homeschool been effected? Here’s good news there are actually educational ways to incorporate the fidget spinner in your homeschool! Have fun and learn with their new favorite toy!
Often times my kids are immune to the latest craze because we homeschool. Even if they hear about it they don’t have to have whatever the hot item is because they don’t see everyone else with one. We’ve managed to bypass several trends over the last couple of years, and it’s quite nice.
The fidget spinner? Well that one we didn’t skip. We were a little late to the party, Daniel just got his last week, but we are now the proud owners of a blue, glow in the dark, fidget spinner.
And I have to admit that it is actually pretty cool… Am I the only mom who thinks that? Tell me I’m not alone, they are actually pretty fun!
Daniel isn’t bad with it, it isn’t a distraction, and we haven’t had any issues so I really can’t complain about the trendy little gadget.
However, because it is always fun to work our kids favorite things into their homeschool lessons. It can make school work so much more fun, engaging, and help keep their attention… I mean isn’t that what these spinners are supposed to do anyway??
So I give you, from one fidget spinning mom to another…
5 super fun and educational ways to incorporate a fidget spinner in your homeschool!!
#1- Use it as a timer– Want to challenge your kids to write their spelling words 10 times? Maybe you’re like us and struggling your way through multiplication. What better way then to get that fidget spinner going and see how many flash cards or problems you can work through! You could do it with addition, subtraction… whatever your child is working on! You could write sentences, think of rhyming words… really anything. Challenge your kids to beat the spinner with whatever skill they’re practicing.
#2- Make a fidget spinner spinner- Oh the possibilities are endless with this one!! I have 2 printable spinners for you here, one with 4 sections, one with 8. You can fill them in with whatever you want!! Want to do a project on probability? Color in different sections, write down your results and make a chart! Fill in spelling words and give it a spin to decide what one to write 3 times. Put in physical activities like 10 jumping jacks, run in place for 30 seconds and use it as a super fun phys ed activity! Use it to practice math problems, or fill it with writing prompts… there are so many possibilities! Just fill in your blank spinner with whatever you want, tape a small triangle on your spinner and it becomes an awesome tool
You can download your own right here-
#3- Explore a STEM lesson- Want a ready-made STEM exploration that you can print out, get out your fidget spinner and learn? This packet from Teachers Pay Teachers is an amazing way to use a fidget spinner in your homeschool. It is full of activities and a complete lesson!
#4- Use it as a reward or brain break- This one is pretty obvious, but really useful. Sit the spinner near where you are working and let your child know they can play with it when they’ve accomplished the task their working on. I know with m kids sometimes they just get a little overloaded or need a minute to decompress and come back to a frustrating task. That’s the time to sit and play with the fidget spinner and take a much-needed brain break. It really is a great way to get their mind off something frustrating and regroup.
#5- Do some persuasive writing- Does your child neeeeedd a spinner? Do they think that they should be allowed to hold it while reading or other school work? Let them convince you… in writing!! Having your child want something badly, or not like the rules you have for a certain thing is an excellent opportunity to teach them about making a good argument and persuasive writing. Outline what you want from them, guide them through the process and then see if they convince you! Make a promise to let them buy one, or keep it on their desk during school work if they can convince you!!
The latest craze or trend doesn’t always have to be annoying! As parents and homeschoolers we get to decide how these trends affect our family and our homeschool, why not make them work for us!! By incorporating a fidget spinner in your homeschool you can have fun, and your child can enjoy their new toy. I love taking something that can be a potential frustration and turn it into something that brings us together to enjoy learning!!
Hope this helps all of you whose kids are spinning like crazy! Do you have any other ideas for using a fidget spinner in your homeschool? I’d love to hear them!