Lately, there have been some popular sensory trends sweeping the web, objects promoting movement. Things like fidget spinners, slime and dough are all the rage. Some of what makes these things so popular is that they are a different type of sensory experience versus the daily tapping, swiping and rubbing of fingers across a screen or a keyboard. Grown-ups and kids are spending more and more time with screens, while experiencing less and less other kinds of tactical input. What compels people to stretch, squish, spin, fidget and move so much that it can seem out of control movement? And how are these experiences of different sensations affecting people? It turns out that the same areas of the brain are involved with both movement and speech so it makes sense that when we are trying to find a tip-of-the-tongue word or explain an idea we are compelled to move our hands.
In one university professor’s study of school age kids it was found that those who were allowed to move more (fidget) during their lessons were more likely to get the right answer! So, while some schools are banning fidget promoting items like doughs, slimes and spinners as “distractions” maybe it would be best for them to actually promote controlled movements to encourage the flow of ideas. An interesting idea in the scientific community right now deals with a hypothesis that when we are dealing with complex problems and we offload some of the stress into movement it can make it easier to think clearly.
Something else to consider about our desire to play with slimes and spinners is a sedentary lifestyle. Adults (kids too) spend many hours sitting completing assignments at work, or homework for school and we are all more stressed so just having something to play with in your hand is a good way to discharge tensions or stress. So don’t stop the motion and GO PLAY!
Glow Dough is a product that is an amazing sensory product- It has 4 sensory pleasures- sound, touch, sight and smell!
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