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By Kayla Yee
Why were fidget spinners invented?
Fidget spinners were invented to distract children and provide a soothing toy to play with. According to https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/history-of-fidget-spinners/, fidget spinners were deemed a health benefit for children and adults for anxiety and ADHD-like symtoms.
Who invented fidget spinners?
In the 1980s, Catherine Hettinger developed the idea, which became the original fidget spinner-two decades before this toy became very popular.
It was 1997 and Hasbro didn’t see any excitement or magic in the “spinning toy.” Later, they sent a rejection letter to Hettinger. But now, they are selling it worldwide, about 20 years after.
Additional information about the inventor
Hettinger, a chemical engineer by training, says that she’s always been a tinkerer. In 1993, she filed for a patent on a circular device molded from a single piece of plastic, that spins on the tip of a finger, or in between two fingers. In her patent application, she described her device’s shape as similar to the US capitol building. She came up with the idea of a “spinning toy” to help children to cope and manage their feelings and emotions.
Online sources https://www.naturalbeachliving.com/history-of-fidget-spinners/
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