Fidget Toy Alternatives to Spinners

Like to fidget but not fond of “spinning”? Try these Fidget toy alternatives! 

Spinners may be all-the-rage right now, (and there are some really cool ones!) but they are also causing quite a stir. While there are some suggested benefits to anxiety/ADD/ADHD etc., these toys can be loud and distracting to others. Students love them but most teachers ban spinners from the classroom because of the noise and diverted attention the toys cause.

There are alternatives that allow the benefits of fidget toys without the noise and distraction. They are more discreet and many of them are silent when used.

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If you think your child (or you!) might benefit from a fidget toy but just the thought of  “spinners” drives you crazy, there are some other options! (Click on the image to get details and product specifications).



Maybe the cutest alternative and the name says it all!

The Fidget Cube:

On this one you click the buttons and roll the ball. It may not be the most quiet alternative but at least it doesn’t spin!

Tangle Jr.

My baby has a toy similar to this and I must admit I play with it often! It twists and twists and twists… it’s quite fun!

Flippy Chain 

This model has smooth rolling and twisting motion and it is QUIET! This is a great option for discrete fidgeting that is not disruptive to others (such as at school or work).


Soothing Marble Fidget

According to this product description: “You can Squeeze or slide the marble forth and back, bend it, fold it, squeeze the sleeve together and roll the marble like shaking bell. Endless ways to soothe Fidgety Fingers”. This is also a much quieter option to the spinner:


Sensory Pens

This variety is described as being “for incognito fidgeting, discreet enough to use in a public setting”. Im not sure how discreet a fuzzy-top pen is but the fidgeting might be quiet.

Also from the product description on Amazon: “FIDGET PENS ARE HELPFUL FOR KIDS WHO CRAVE TEXTURE AND TOUCH. Studies show that improvement is attributed to how fidgeting can reduce stress or can arouse the body to function at an optimal level of performance. Without them, a child could actually find it more difficult to maintain attention to a task, keep still in a seated position, or have difficulty formulating thoughts.”

There are so many options when it comes to fidget pens but I really love this Finger Fidget Pen. No more clicking the pen: This bends, flexes, twists, and slides with the goal to decrease stress, increase creativity, and boost critical thinking.


Fidget Sticks

Super quiet fidgeting fun for hours:


Textured Bracelets

From the product description: “twist, throw, squeeze and grab them! They’re perfect for sensory and tactile stimulation, as a tactile roll or a sensory brush


Please refer to each product’s manufacturer for details and specifications. The information on this site is for entertainment purposes only and is not intended to be advice on any kind. 

If “spinning” causes stress instead of providing stress-relief, I hope one of these Fidget Toy Alternatives give you an option for happy fidgeting!

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