During a time of lots of changes and uncertainty, one thing you can count on (that hasn't changed!) is we're here to help make your life easier with innovative tools, time-tested strategies, helpful therapy activities, and amazing products that can help reduce some of the stress and anxiety your family may be experiencing.
– Your Therapy Shoppe Family ❤️
*Updated August 2023
Below are 23 expert-selected fidget tools that can be helpful in reducing stress and alleviating anxiety.
Ooey Gooey Glitter Bead Sensory Balls™ feature a rubbery skin filled with glitter, water beads, and extra thick gel. These extraordinarily tactile fidgets ooze through your fingers as you squish and squash them. They feel super ooooey gooooey to the touch, but don't leave any sticky residue behind on your fingers when you finally force yourself to put it down! These incredibly soothing stress balls will soon be one of your all-time favorites!
Gidget Widget Cubes are an addictive 6-sided fidget tool with 6 wonderfully different, fidgeting functions that keep minds more focused and fidgety fingers entertained for hours! Users can mindlessly roll, spin, glide, toggle, flip, and click a lot of stress away. This popular palm-sized fiddle is ideal for fidgeters who need something in their hands to keep their minds engaged and anxiety in check.
Thinking putty is like chewing gum for your fingers! Turn on your brain and melt stress away with this mesmerizing sensory fidget putty. This wildly popular silent putty comes in assorted vibrant colors and handy little pocket-sized tins. We carry a HUGE selection of Thinking Putty sizes and options (big tins, medium tins, scented thinking putty, glow-in-the dark, glittery, shimmery.... even Pizza and Bubble Gum Thinking Putty). Click here to check out all the amazing options
Visually appealing fidget ball with oodles of squishy balls encased in a rubbery skin that changes colors when you squeeze it! This calming sensory fidget is a nice choice for those who need to keep their fingers occupied in order to stay on task. For gentle fidgeting. Recommended for children, teens, and adults, ages 5-up.
5. Dual Splendor Gel Timer
Dual Splendor Gel Timers are a sleek 5” curved gel timer containing two beautiful colors that slide 'n glide back and forth down a series of slides. This mesmerzing fidget timer is perfect for taking a mini sensory break from homework, after a meeting, or during a phone call – anywhere soothing eye candy is needed to calm your mind, relax your body, and to help you re-focus. This stress-relieving visual tool is designed for older children-adults (as it will potentially crack, leak, or break if it's dropped, etc.).
6. Stretchy Mice and Cheese
Kids-teens love this cool stress-busting, stretchy fidget set that includes 2 darling little stretchy mice that love playing hide 'n seek in their stretchy hunk of cheese! Stretchy Mice and Cheese are terrific for building finger dexterity, motor planning, and fine motor skills – and will provide hours of mind relaxing fun! Sensory seeker fidgeters especially adore this very touchy feely tactile sensory toy!
7. Jeliku Amazing Fidget Toy
Unleash your creativity with this extraordinary 3-dimensional fidget you can bend, fold, and "sculpt" into 100's of different designs. Create animals, shapes, and FUNctional things like picture easels and cell phone holders.... the sky's the limit! This one-of-a-kind fidget tool folds down to the size of a credit card and expands to almost 18"! An engaging and entertaining stress reliever.
8. Textured Metallic Tangles
Your favorite Tangle Fidget Toys in shiny bright, shimmering metallic colors and hypnotizing new textures! Twist 'em, turn 'em... you won't be able to put these relaxing silent sensory fidgets down! Metallic Tangles are nice for finger strengthening, too, as you can take the segments apart and snap them back together. Buy a bunch and connect them all together for one delightfully colorful jumbo tangle snake! Come in assorted shiny colors and delightful assorted textures that your fidgeting fingers will go crazy over!
9. Teenie Neato Animals
Our favorite Teenie Weenie Neato Balls now come in puppy and kitten shapes! These irresistible silky soft dough-like balls keep fidgety fingers and racing minds busy for hours on end. An awesome pick for sensory seekers, skin pickers, hair pullers, nail biters, and for reducing stress/managing anxiety. Each set includes 3 adorable squeezy animal balls - your choice betweeen our sweet kitties or adorable puppies.
10. Calming Lazy 8 Tracing Stickers
Colorful TRUE Wipe Clean Fidget Squares™ are made of an innovative material that can be sanitized with wipes or spray on the spot! These exclusive Therapy Shoppe® fiddles make an excellent calming fidget tool for reducing stress and anxiety. Ideal for first responders, medical personnel, travel, home, car rides... the sky's the limit for these smart and safe figit tools.
You'll love this Sensory Fidget Tubes Expansion Pack that features 3 brand new, 5" compact-sized tubes! Give your eyes, ears, and brain a calming break as you explore the delightful sights, sounds, and textures of these durable, flippable fiddles. Includes a Cascading Beads Tube that features twist 'n click ends and colorful beads that make soothing tinkling-clinking sounds as they spiral downwards; a Whirling Glittery Tube with shimmering sparkles 'n smiley faces that swirl around when you tip and shake it; and a Hypnotizing Sand Tube that has bumpy finger grips and dazzling purple sand that sounds like a gentle rain shower as it trickles down. Visually soothing, stress relieving figit tubes for home, therapy, classrooms, calming sensory corners, and on-the-go fidgeting fun.
12. Neato Doh Fidget Balls
Once in a blue moon a REALLY AMAZING squishy squeezy fidget comes along – and Neato Doh Fidgets are it! You'll be crazy about this sensationally soft, dough-like ball that has a ravishing silky, rubbery skin. It feels like you're kneading a handful of fluffy whipped potatoes! Neato Fidget Ball is an amazing sensory fidget tool for tactile sensory seekers and touchy feely fidgeters. We carry a wide selection of Neato sensory balls – Check all the cool choices here.
Fidgeters, sensory seekers, hair pullers, and skin pickers ADORE these awesome fidget tools that provide soothing massaging tactile input as you roll them up and down your fingers. Benji Fidget Rings feature individual tiny metal rollers you can spin individually or together! Colored Wire Fidget Rings can also be gently snapped and stretched. Both are made of lead- and latex-free, safe materials.
14. Twirly Orbs™
If you like spinning fidgets and moving parts, you'll LOVE our nifty new Twirly Orbs™ fidget! These silent fiddles feature 4 concentric rings that active fingers can twirl, turn, roll, and spin – one, two, or all 3 together! You can even take it apart and turn it into two separate fidget spinners. These dazzling, addictive twirlers are terrific for keeping restless minds and nervous fingers happily engaged.
15. Squishy Gel Bead Fidget Squares
Irresistibly squishy squashy 4"x4" clear fidget squares that have 100's of tiny colored gel beads inside! These heavenly sensory splendors are designed for older children-adults, 8-up. These pocket-sized squishy fidget squares can be chilled, too.
16. Mold n' Squeeze Face Balls
Hypnotizing squishy squeeze ball that holds its shape when you squeeze and mold it! Stretch it out, flatten it like a pancake, then mold it back into a ball. This rubbery, delightfully tactile sensory ball is filled with dense starchy powder that provides hours of heavenly finger strengthening fidgeting fun. Its rubbery smiling face is topped with 100's of wispy rubbery hair strands that are great for tickley hand massages, running your fingers thru it, or gentle tugging.
Imaginations soar as the hours fly by bending, twisting, and sculpting this 15" rubbery band into infinite shapes and designs! This extraordinary sensory fidget toy makes a great silent fidget tool for anytime, anywhere.
18. ISO Flex Fidget Ball
Iso Flex Fidget Balls are fist-sized, stress-relieving fiddles that have a very thick, balloon-type rubbery skin and mega resistive micro bead filling that provides an awesome finger workout. These nearly impossible to put down rubbery fidgets help to keep teens and adults calmer, more focused, and "breathing the peace."
19. Poke & Pop Waffle Fidgets™
If you're a bubble wrap popping addict, you'll ADORE these one-of-a-kind finger skill fidgets that have 28 little rubbery bubbles that are amazing for old fashioned fidgeting fun. Press the bubbles down and they make a soft "popping" sound similar to bubble wrap; then flip it over and begin fidgeting again. Poke 'n Pop Waffle Fidgets™ are quieter than bubble wrap, but equally as satisfying! Waffle Fidgets™ are endlessly reusable and washable, too.
Versatile set of sturdy, interchangeable sensory stones that kids can tuck in their pockets and backpacks, keep in their desks, or wear on the included wristband. This one-of-a-kind set includes 4 double-sided "worry" stones: one side is texturey; the other is silky smooth and has a fun kid-friendly character on it. Feel anxiety and stress melt away as you rub them.
You'll find endless uses for this neat tactile exploration fidget kit that includes five 5" clear vinyl discs; each with a unique touchy-feely filling or covering. This touchy-feely sensory set includes: colorful moon sand, alphabet letter beads hidden among tiny beads, gel bead water bubbles, flip sequins, and velvety soft tentacles. Sensory Circles provide mesmerizing, anxiety-reducing, wonderfully satisying sensory input.
Neat wearable fidgets that you can fiddle with everywhere you go! You'll love our innovative new Compression Marble Maze Cuffs™ that are fully self-contained, skill-buiding sensory fidget tools you can use anytime, anywhere. Just slip one of these soothing, silky smooth compression cuffs onto your wrist and start fidgeting away. A Therapy Shoppe® exclusive.
Superbly tactile sensory balls overflowing with colorful "gumballs" in a rubbery skin! This very touchy-feely, tactile stress ball keeps nervous fidgety fingers happily engaged and minds more relaxed. An excellent fidget choice for tactile sensory seekers and individuals who are struggling with anxiety. Oodles Balls are designed for gentle fidgeting, ages 5-up.
*Please be sure to note age recommendations and choking warnings, etc. that are listed in each product description.
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