Working with kids means knowing what to do when a child doesn’t fit still. Kids who know me are ready for me to pull out my ‘fidget bag’ and are always excited to see what new gadgets I have added. These fidgets are the all-time favorites of the kids I work with. Young or older, they help the kids sit still. They also provide a distraction if you are helping the students relax so they can talk through a challenge. If you are around kids, I highly recommend adding these to your fidget bag.


Marble Mesh Fidget by Born2Calm
I work with special needs kids who have issues sitting still and focusing, and I have found these fidgets are universally amongst their favorite. I often have kids ask me if they can take it when they leave, and teachers report they are quiet and non-distracting for other students in the classroom when they use them. They are durable, colorful and you can fidget in lots of different ways. This is a very unique fidget toy and I highly recommend it to those who are looking for a new kind of fidget to use.


Rubik’s Twist
I have found this fidget so useful I make sure I always have 2 on hand. If I don’t keep track of them my own children will often borrow them because it is that much fun to play with. I use this in counseling sessions and it helps the kids keep occupied while we talk or work through exercises. While it might be too distracting in a classroom, it’s an excellent fidget for small groups or one-on-one sessions like going to the doctor’s office or in the car.


Mesh Squishy Ball
Kids love these very squishy and fun balls. It provides stress release while also being a fidget toy. In a multitude of colors, kids love to see how far they can push the plastic ball through the black mesh.


Wooden Transfigures
This is an especially good fidget for younger children because it can be more than one thing. Going from robot to car and back again, the kids love to make it transform and then to roll. It folds up easily for storage and provides hours of fidget fun.


G-Wack Magnet Tower
Magnets are the best fidgets and kids do amazing things to change their shape. I love this G-wack toy because not only do kids have fun, but it’s super easy to pick up. Just turn over the black base and hold near the magnets and they quickly attach. This is always a super winner with the kids I work with.


A friend gave me his Theraputty after completing occupational therapy, and I couldn’t believe what a fabulous fidget it made. Each color is a different density, so some are easier or harder to squeeze. All kids, of all ages, love Theraputty.


U-Fidget Triangle Toy
This is an all-time favorite of boys, girls, young and older. This cannot only be twisted into a lot of different shapes, it can be snapped apart and put together in other directions. This is a must-have for your fidget bag.

Bonnie Landau
Bonnie Landau
Bonnie Landau is a licensed professional clinical counselor and educational consultant in Ventura County, California. Her goal is to help parents of neurodivergent individuals find strategies and solutions to help their children succeed in school and in life. Bonnie is also the author of Special Ed Mom Survival Guide: How to Prevail in the Special Education Process and Find Life-long Strategies for You and Your Child.