Fidget spinners are a hand-held toy consisting of a bearing in the centre of a three-pronged device, which is held by two fingers and spun.
Variations of the device are among the top sell Finger Spinner at the moment.
They originate from the United States, and are marketed a therapeutic tool to help children focus. However, Principals' Federation national president Whetu Cormick says they look more like a distraction.
Fidget spinners are marketed as tools for children with autism and ADHD. One primary school teacher told the BBC that they were included in the school’s budget: “Specialists coming into the school recommend them for children and we’ll buy them in for the children that are identified.”
There is no supporting scientific evidence, and at least one expert has debunked the claims. Dr Mark Rapport, director of the Children’s Learning Clinic at the University of Central Florida, said: “Using a spinner-like gadget is more like to serve as a distraction than a benefit for individuals with ADHD.”
The Fidget Spinner can be used to help ease anxiety. It provides tactile sensation along with satisfying spinning, aiding in restful relaxation.