My Favourite ADHD-Friendly Fidgets For Children & Adults

Fidget Spinner

The almost ubiquitous fidget spinner, which seemed to take the world by storm a few years ago, has been largely forgotten; the plastic and metal toys are now more often than not discarded, lost under unforgiving sofas. Yet, as anyone who knows me will tell you, my fidget spinner is always close to hand, sitting proudly on my business desk next to my other interesting objects. Having ADHD means I need much more movement than most people and, when I am fidgeting, I am always much more focused in mind. I love the repetitive oscillations of fidget spinners and, when used correctly, they are extremely comforting.

Ease of use: 4/5

Fidget Score: 4/5

Infinity Cube

A recent addition to my fidget toy collection, the infinity cube is definitely my new favourite! I bought a multi-coloured one (as you’d probably predict) and, from the moment I held this little toy in my hands, I was hooked. Although it takes a little bit of getting used to, the infinity cube is incredibly therapeutic to use and also satisfies my need for scientific stimulation as I am constantly working out how and why it moves in the way it does. It’s a great toy for slightly older children as I can sense it would break more easily than other fidgets if mishandled. 

Ease of use: 4/5

Fidget Score: 5/5

Fidget Cube

I love my little fidget cube as it was the first proper fidget I acquired and, therefore, has become an old friend. As with the infinity cube, I was hooked from the moment I started playing with this little toy and I love the variation of having six different sides – it definitely keeps the novelty-hunting ADHD mind happy! Additionally, I find fidgeting with this cube enhances my fine-motor skills as, in order to use it, you have to constantly switch between different patterns of movement. Again, I’d say this is more suitable for slightly older children as it is small and you need to be relatively dextrous to get the most from it. 

Ease of use: 4/5

Fidget Score: 5/5

Worry Stone

Although not specifically designed for fidgeting, my worry stone is always on my desk next to its tactile companions. Since I was a small child, I have found stones irresistible as I learn through touch – I am a true tactile learner. When I fidget with rocks, I find the physical art of warming them extremely comforting and just running a thumb along a smooth stone is both calming and satisfying. Although not as ‘all-singing all-dancing’ as the other fidgets, having a stone in this list just shows you can create a fidget toy from almost anything!

Ease of use: 5/5

Fidget Score: 3/5

If you have any favourite fidgets you’d like to share with me, please leave a message below! 🤩

Published by Chestnut ADHD

Hello, I’m Annabel and my mind is like a galaxy. Diagnosed with ADHD during lockdown, since then I have made it my mission to inspire other ADHDers to see the positives of living with a ‘galaxy brain’ and educate people about what it is like living with ADHD. I run my own tutoring and coaching business, helping many children with ADHD and dyslexia, and have always been an avid amateur writer and artist. Recently, I have written a children’s book which highlights the positives of ADHD: ‘Hadie & Adah’ and I will continue to promote my drawings and blog posts – focusing on positivity and creativity – in future. I truly am proud of my galaxy mind!

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