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Can anyone recommend a fidget toy that is fidget proof!

I have tried tangle toys, these would be good but they come apart causing frustration as my son is unable to fix them.

The wooden ones you can buy get too tangled up within a day.

Those spiky rubber squeeze stress balls break within a couple of days.

He is not being rough with these items just fiddling with them too much :(

I have tried most things but everything breaks :( I don't mind paying for something as long as it lasts or if anyone could suggest something that is supper cheap so it doesn't matter if it keeps breaking.

Thanks

Susan
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  • iammumtoone
    iammumtoone Posts: 6,377 Forumite
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    Yes thanks I have looked all through ebay (same kind of things on there). I can't find anything on there that he has not tried (apart from kosh balls), so came on here to see if anyone could suggest anything they have a personal recommendation for .
  • meritaten
    meritaten Posts: 24,158 Forumite
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    Paper clips? Safety Pins? both very cheap and provide hours of 'fiddling time'.
    blue tack is also good if they like the 'feel' of it.


    I assume you don't want something that will make a noise and get on YOUR nerves. my grandson would click a Biro for hours if you let him!
    will rack my brains a bit and get back to you.
  • Tigsteroonie
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    Amongst favourites with our lad are a rope curtain tie-back, and a rope dog toy ;-)
    :heartpuls Mrs Marleyboy :heartpuls

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    :) Proud Parents to an Aut-some son :)
  • clairec79
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    What about the Gummigems, they are designed to withstand babies chewing them so should be robust

    I've only ever known people who have used the necklaces to stop little ones fidgeting while feeding but I can't see why you couldn't use them for older children as a distraction.

    They do bracelets (including ones with tyre markings and 'dad tags' as well so not all girly (or is it just me that when I fiddle with stuff it goes straight to my mouth

    http://gumigem.co.uk/shop.html
  • theoretica
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    Not a personal recommendation but these look tough http://fidgetland.com/shop/ and the clean bike chain in a length of your choice should be easy to come by.
    But a banker, engaged at enormous expense,
    Had the whole of their cash in his care.
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  • iammumtoone
    iammumtoone Posts: 6,377 Forumite
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    meritaten wrote: »
    Paper clips? Safety Pins? both very cheap and provide hours of 'fiddling time'.
    blue tack is also good if they like the 'feel' of it.

    Those are the kind of things he will pick up and fidget with himself, he will pick up anything, he is never without doing something with his hands.

    You are right perhaps I should just leave a bowl of these cheap items readily available (not the safety pins!), they don't last long but like you say they are cheap enough not to worry.

    My main aim is to stop him picking up and fiddling with things that do matter if they get broken.
  • meritaten
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    I was thinking of Worry Beads too. large packs of assorted beads can be purchased cheaply - and if you use a thread such as S-Lon - will withstand hours of fiddling without breaking. I don't know how old he is - but even quite young kids can string beads if the holes are large enough.


    try this site - I have purchased from them before and they are very good.


    http://www.beadsdirect.co.uk/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Bing%3EBeads%20Direct&utm_term=bead%20direct.co.uk&utm_content=Beads%20Direct
  • iammumtoone
    iammumtoone Posts: 6,377 Forumite
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    Some great suggestions thank you.

    I had never thought of dogs toys next time I am near I pet shop I will take a look as I know you can get all sorts of things and they will be sturdy.

    The items on fidgetland also look good and unbreakable.

    I have tried baby toys as these are unbreakable but my son knows they are baby things and understandably does not want to be playing with them, he doesn't put things in his mouth so I don't have to consider that aspect.
  • Tigsteroonie
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    I have tried baby toys as these are unbreakable but my son knows they are baby things and understandably does not want to be playing with them, he doesn't put things in his mouth so I don't have to consider that aspect.

    You are fortunate - everything here ends up towards our son's mouth, he is very sensory seeking via his teeth!

    Have you considered a Rubik's cube for your son? Endless fiddling with occasional good results :)
    :heartpuls Mrs Marleyboy :heartpuls

    MSE: many of the benefits of a helpful family, without disadvantages like having to compete for the tv remote

    :) Proud Parents to an Aut-some son :)
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