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Fidget spinners whip Melbourne into online shopping frenzy

Suzan Delibasic, May 3, 2017 6:00PM Maroondah Leader

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THERE is a new toy craze sweeping the globe and it is spinning Melbourne students into a frenzy.

The simple yet attention-seeking fidget spinners have been banned in thousands of schools across America and some Melbourne classrooms have already followed suit.

The small toys spin between fingers using a ball-bearing* mechanism* to provide a sensory* experience and come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes with some even glowing in the dark.

Mazenod College assistant principal Tony Coghlan said the school had banned students from bringing them to class.

Josh Gordon from Caulfield, who runs a private import business, said he had sold 11,000 fidget spinners in a Facebook group in the past two months alone.

“Every kid seriously wants one but they are just as appealing for adults,” Mr Gordon said.

“They are a great gadget* to keep on your desk and fidget with at work.”

Supplied Editorial Fidget spinners noticeboard media_cameraFidget spinners for sale on Facebook. Picture: supplied

One Stop Sensory Shop owner Colin Kuhn, who sells the spinners online, said he had sold more than 400 units so far.

“We sell toys for children with autism and disabilities and fidget spinners are definitely a great toy to keep them occupied*,” Mr Kuhn said.

He said he had many return customers who loved them and were coming back to purchase different styles and colours of the spinners.

Javier from Montrose, who has been selling the spinners on Facebook and Gumtree, said they were a great stress relief.

Supplied Editorial Fidget spinners media_cameraMetallic fidget spinners. Picture: eBay

“The spinners are targeted at children but they are great to use for people who have quit smoking or dealing with anxiety,” he said.

He said he had sold 200 spinners in the past three weeks.

“They are really all the rage right now and it’s easy to see why.”

GLOSSARY

ball-bearing: moving metal bead

mechanism: way something works

sensory: designed to engage multiple senses

gadget: toy

occupied: busy

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1.

You have read in the story that schools are banning fidget spinners.

List five reasons why schools would ban them.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum Links: Critical and Creative Thinking

Extension:

Ask an adult or search online to find a toy or gadget that was popular in each of these decades:

the 1970s

the 1980s

the 1990s

For each toy or gadget, write sentences describing it and why it you think it was so popular.

Time: allow 60 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum Links: History

Activity 2.

Fidget spinners use ball-bearings to help them to spin.

Make sure that you understand what ball-bearings are and how they work.

Then, find five things at home or school that use ball bearings.

Time: allow 45 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum Links: Science, Design and technologies

Extension:

Choose one of the items on your list.

Draw a diagram showing how ball bearings work in that object.

Don’t forget to write information and labels to make your diagram really clear.

Time: allow 45 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum Links: Science, Design and Technologies

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)


Activity: Fidget Spinners — A helpful classroom tool, or a distraction?

Draw up a table with two columns, one for ‘Classroom Tool’, the other for ‘Distraction’.

You can either complete this task independently, in pairs or by surveying a group of students.

Your job is to try and come up with at least 5 pro’s and 5 con’s about owning a fidget spinner and bringing it to school.

Think about who is effected by the spinners — Mum or Dad, classroom teacher, friends, principal, you.

This should help you consider how other might feel towards the fidget spinner and why.


Time: allow at least 15 minutes to complete the task

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write & VCOP

Activity provided by Andrell Education www.andrelleducation.com.au

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