Check out this super simple idea for how to make your own pencil fidgets! You may already have the materials in your desk or storage cabinet!
If you’ve followed us for awhile, you know that we’re big fans of using fidgets, alternative seating, and other sensory strategies in the classroom and at home to give kids’ bodies what they need to learn!
Many kids (and adults) have a tendency to fiddle and fidget with objects throughout the day. Fidgeting and movement can help with focus and attention – as long as it’s not causing distraction to the student or their peers. That’s why we’re here today – to share a super simple fidget idea that won’t cause distraction or chaos because it stays right on your pencil!
This DIY fidget idea is perfect to make during therapy sessions or at home to give kids a discreet way to fidget throughout the day at school and during homework time.
Simple DIY Pencil Fidgets
What You’ll Need:
What to do:
Have kids choose their favorite colored erasers. Then, simply snip off the top of the eraser, leaving only the bottom ring.
Have kids slide a few of the colored rings onto their pencil for an easy fidget on the go!
How to change it up:
-Use this as an activity for building bilateral coordination. For safety, use an unsharpened pencil. Have kids place as many of the colored rings as they can onto the pencil – until it’s full!
-Challenge hand strength and grasping skills! Have kids try sliding one of the colored rings from the tip of the pencil to the top of the pencil using only one hand. They’ll likely have to place the pencil between their first and second finger and slide the ring with their thumb, first finger, and second finger.
-Have kids string the colored rings onto the pencil to create a color pattern.
-Have kids sort a cup of colored rings onto matching colored pencils.
We hope you give this activity a try! Let’s see your photos and videos! Tag us on Instagram – @insptreehouse