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DIY Pencil Topper Fidget Toy

Sometimes handwriting difficulties stem from lack of attention to the task at hand.  This DIY pencil topper fidget toy can be just the tool to help kids write and focus on their writing assignment or the classroom activities.  Sensory needs may impact a child's ability to attend or a child may present with a typically developed sensory system and show signs of fidgeting during classroom work.  Whether your child has sensory needs or not, a fidget tool is many times just the tool for helping with extra wiggles and movement needs that interfere with handwriting and therefor learning in the classroom.

Kids can make a DIY pencil topper fidget toy to help pay attention and focus in the classroom with sensory feedback.

DIY Pencil Topper Fidget Toy


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There are many fidget toy pencil toppers available on the market.  Kids use them to keep their fingers busy and their mind's engaged in the classroom environment.  From the wingnut, nut, and bolt variety to the simple ball-type toppers, pencil topper fidget toys are a classroom tool for providing sensory feedback in a non-distracting way.

We decided to make a couple of our own pencil toppers using materials from our craft bin.  This would be a great activity for the whole class and a way to sneak fine motor skills into the day.  Kids can use the pipe cleaner and bead fidget toy as a way to help with attention and movement needs.

Use this attention tool is a DIY fidget toy in the classroom or in the home. 

To make the DIY fidget toy pencil toppers:

You'll need just a few materials.
Pipe cleaners (We received ours from www.craftprojectideas.com)
Pony beads (also from www.craftprojectideas.com)
Rubber bands

Kids can make a DIY pencil topper fidget toy to help pay attention and focus in the classroom with sensory feedback.


Use rubber bands and beads in a DIY pencil topper fidget toy to help kids pay attention when writing at school.

First, thread a rubber band through one of the pony beads.  You can show your student's how to do this task to promote a tripod grasp and bilateral hand coordination.  Kids can add as many pony beads as they like to the rubber band.  Then, wrap the rubber band around the pencil topper. 

Help kids pay attention and focus with a pencil topper fidget toy.

Next, add pipe cleaners.  Kids can be as creative as they like with the pipe cleaners, beads, colors, and other embellishments. 

Help kids pay attention and focus when writing at school with a DIY pencil topper fidget toy.
Threading the beads onto the pipe cleaners and bending them to stay on the pencils is a great way to boost those fine motor skills in kids.  Try making these pencil toppers as a classroom project that the whole class can use.

Use a pencil topper fidget toy to help kids focus and attend at school

Want to try some of the pencil toppers that are on the market?  Here are some great ones:


Students can make a DIY pencil topper fidget toy to focus and pay attention during handwriting given sensory input.

Need more fidget ideas for the classroom?  Try these:

Desk Fidget Toy

Key Chain Fidget Toys

Fidgeting During Homework



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