I am SO OVER Fidget Spinners. For more than a year the kids I worked with were obsessed with them. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had to confiscate them in the classroom. Kids were too busy playing with them and not paying attention to what was going on in the classroom.
It got so bad that at one point there was a ban on them in school.
Don’t get me wrong, the idea behind the Fidget Spinner is great. It was initially created to help people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and autism. It was also great for people with anxiety or nervous energy. I’ve even heard people say they used them to try and break bad habits because it gave their hands something to do and spinning the toy around helped them to focus on that and not other things.
Sadly that great idea was turned into something totally different. Instead of being used how they were initially intended to be used, they turned into a toy that kids would spin on their foreheads, throw in the air and trade like playing cards.
So what else can people use that want to keep their hands busy, or find a way to relieve a little stress and anxiety?
There is a fun new product available called Tangle Creations.
A Tangle is a toy that is a continuous shape that can twist, turn and bend into a variety of shapes. All of the connecting pieces stay together no matter what you try and turn it into in your hand (if you pull on it you can break it).
As you play with it you can feel the motion. Its very calming and therapeutic. In addition, its shape, color and texture are designed to stimulate the brain.
The Tangle Therapy line also offers a variety of wellness products for total hand, body, mind and wellness therapy.
I was sent a variety of Tangle Creation products to try out with my family. I received an assortment in different colors, styles and textures.
It’s really hard to describe how playing with a Tangle Creation feels. The pieces are smooth and curved (they remind me of elbow macaroni). Each piece is connected to another piece to form one continuous product. I wouldn’t say that it is round, but it does fully connect.
There is no right or wrong way to use a Tangle Creation product. Simply hold on to it. You can use one hand or both hands. Move it, twist it, wrap it around your finger… there possibilities are endless.
I have found (and my husband has said it to me as well) that after a while you don’t even realize what you are doing to the Tangle Creation product. You tend to play with it mindlessly sometimes. Other times you are fully aware of what you are doing to it.
I find them soothing to play with, especially the textured ones. They are very relaxing and enjoyable to play around with. I also find that playing with one tends to calm me down and regain my focus.
I don’t suffer from anything (no ADHD, OCD or anything like that), but like most people, I have plenty of stressors in my life (I’m currently unemployed, I’m gearing up for surgery…). Playing with one of the Tangle Creation products tend to help elevate some of the stress I feel.
Some of the Tangle Creation products are fairly large. They resemble a children’s toy – like something you would give to a baby or toddler. Those products I probably wouldn’t recommend to adults. After all, you wouldn’t want your co-workers or the person sitting next to you on the train to think you are toying around with a baby toy. For adults and teens I would recommend the smaller ones. They are small enough to be inconspicuous in your hand, but you still enjoy the same feel and movement as the larger ones.
I think some of them move more smoothly than others too. The smaller ones (non-textured) move more smoothly than the larger ones. The type of plastic used also has an effect on how smoothly they move about.
My whole family enjoys playing around with the Tangle Creation products. Every family member has their own. I see my husband using his the most, followed by our son. I keep two of them on my desk.
If you are interested in learning more about these products, visit TangleCreation.com. They carry other interesting products on their website. They even offer Tangles that are fuzzy and hairy in texture.
The brand can also be found on social media. Their links can be found on the bottom left of their website.
Have you ever tried a Tangle before? If so, what did you think about it?
Do the Tangle Creation products sound interesting to you? Would you want to try one?
Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I received an assortment of products free or charge to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.