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Principals fear 'fidget spinner' influx as the toy craze reaches NZ
'Must have' new novelty puts teachers in a whirl (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 553)
May 10, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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Fidget Spinners are the world's latest toy craze. If you are new to the party, they are small, normally plastic contraptions set on ball bearings, which spin between your fingers. It's unclear how these toys have become such a hit. Variations of the device are among the top 20 most-popular toys being sold on Amazon at the moment. The toy was actually invented in the mid-90's - 20 years before they came to prominence. It was dreamed up by Canadian inventor Catherine Hettinger. The toys started to spread through social media.

However some schools across the UK and US are banning spinners because they are annoying and causing distractions during lessons. Principals and teachers are concerned about the latest toy craze that's reached New Zealand shores. Principals' Federation NZ national president Whetu Cormack says they look like a distraction. "Every school has its own policy or procedure around bringing toys into the school, and it would be a surprise to me if teachers and school managers would allow such toys in the classroom because they would just cause a distraction to the learning process. I personally see no benefit of such devices being at school or in the classroom."

Although It's meant to relieve stress, the gadget which has become the latest playground craze is doing no such thing for teachers and parents. Mr Cormick advises Kiwi parents to exercise common sense if they purchase one of the toys for their children. "I am sure that most of our New Zealand parents would be discerning in their choice of toys, so I'd expect most would discourage their children from bringing the toy to school."

Chris Hildrew, head of Churchill Academy, shared a letter from a pupil complaining about disruption from spinners. The unnamed girl wrote: "If someone around you has one, you kind of get attracted to it because they are trying to do tricks and everyone else is looking at it. This means I am not doing my hardest on my work so I get less done." Mr Hildrew posted the letter on Twitter with a message saying: "We have banned fidget spinner from lessons, and here's why. So proud of our students."

One of the New Zealand-based suppliers, Game Kings, has completely sold out of the spinners. Owner Eliot Jessup says kids are going "mental" from them. "The craze has really caught on over the last couple of days. People are even placing back-orders, it's like the anticipation is just electric."

It remains to be seen how long the new toy remains hot, but it seems unlikely to attain the cult status of previous devices such as the hula hoop or rubik's cube.

Why principals and teachers are concerned about this toy?
they do not know how to play
the distraction and noise they cause in lessons
sold out
too expensive
Why is this toy massive overseas and becoming more popular every day?
a new therapeutic tool to help autism and ADHD children to focus
great marketing, backed by TV shows or slick marketing campaigns
it's just a stress reliever, pretty much
not sure
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