Yesterday, when I left for a shopping trip, there was an Amazon package on the front step. I picked it up without looking who it was for and put it on the dining room table. I knew it wasn’t for me, I rarely shop at Amazon. I figured it was for one of the men.
When I got home the package was still on the table, unopened. I thought, it must be for my daughter. Sure enough, when she arrived home from school and upon completion of the puppy-mauling-attack, she opened her package and took out the following items:
I have never heard of them before but was intrigued. I asked her if I could blog about it and take pictures, and she said yes.
I remember when she was much younger, we came up with a sensory box for her. She had anxiety about some subjects back then too, and this sensory box was something she enjoyed sticking her hands into.
It doesn’t surprise me that this idea of fidget toys has exploded in recent months, or even years.
My daughter has been struggling a little bit while in lockdown, spending a lot of time plugged in watching Marvel movies, or chatting with friends. Virtual school was kind of uninspiring, although I am not knocking the teachers for that…it just isn’t the same experience for kids still in elementary school, you know? But once she started going back to school a few weeks ago, things improved a bit. She walks the 11 blocks picking up her various friends along the way, spends the day in school, returns, and seems a little bit more herself now. She is back into her routine, a bit of a social life, and some variety in her day.
Of course, she still has homework. And although this girl is a straight-A student, she stresses over homework. Especially math.
While testing out her fidget toys, I asked her a little about them. She said that it helps her to calm down while fiddling around with these items. Well, all the power to her. If it helps, and it put a smile on her face, then that’s fine by me.
After she left for school today, I looked for the sensory box and found it. Here’s a little clip of it:
Tell me, how do you handle anxiety? Do you have a toy, a stress ball, or something else that helps calm you? What about kids? What worked for them?
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