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Key Chain Fidget Toys

Fidget tools are a fantastic way to help kids focus and pay attention when their bodies crave sensory input.  A child who is moving their hands or fingers with a fidget toy may be able to attend to a task more easily.  These key chain fidget toys are tools for sensory needs.  Key chains can be attached to a coat zipper to help kids stand in line while waiting for the bus.  They can be attached to the shoe laces to help a child sit criss-cross-apple sauce style during circle time.  Key chain fidgets can be held in the hands while writing in a discrete way at the desk.

Key Chain Fidget Toys to help kids get the sensory input they need in the classroom or at home.

Fidgeting during work stimulates the brain, allowing a child to complete school work.  Fidgeting is mindless play or touching fingers, pencils, hands...anything that allows a person to focus on the task at hand.  Kids that are fidgeting are seeking calm, and focus so that their brain can complete a task.  The problem is when the brain's urge to fidget distracts a child from school tasks.  They might be so wiggly and moving that they just can not sit still and focus in a functional manner.  Fidgeting can be managed with less distracting techniques which can allow the child to accomplish the homework, and move on to other things. 

Using keychain fidgets are just one idea to try.  Make your own DIY fidget toy with any of these ideas.

Key chain Fidgets for Meeting Sensory Needs:

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A light up key chain can provide a multi-sensory fidget toy.

Stretchy coil keychains provide a fidget toy for one or both hands.

 Other key chains can provide a fidget toy that interests the child like a Pokemon key chain.

 Try the duck key chain with a light up feature. Squeezing the bubble wrap buttons is a great way to allow kids to work on thumb IP joint flexion or finger isolation.

 These key chains look like backpack or zipper adornments that any kid would have!

They make a great sensory tool that blends in for those children who feel anxiety by their sensory needs.

 The edamame key chain is a sure hit with kids.

 Squeeze the bean out of it's pod for a great fine motor workout.

 Squishy key chains offer a chance for fingers to pinch, stretch, and pull.

 A picture key chain can be a beneficial tool for children who are calmed by a picture of a loved one.

Try adding other images to the picture space too.

 This might be a good place to put self-affirmation notes or a hand-drawn heart from Mom or Dad, too.

 Some children benefit from heavy work.

 A pewter key  chain is a heavier tool for kids to hold and manipulate.

 This might be just the fidget that is needed for kids with sensory needs.

 A fuzzy key chain is a different texture that can help with calming or focus.

 Kids will love to create their own fidget toy!

 Use this bead craft to work on fine motor skills like tripod grasp, in-hand manipulation, motoric separation of the hand, and bilateral coordination when creating the key chain.

 Following the instructions may be a challenge for some kids, but with visual or verbal cues, children may be able to create their own fidget toy that they will be proud to hold and attach to zippers, shoes, or backpacks.

 Squeezing small toys will add proprioceptive input to the hand and fingers.

 A pinch between the thumb and index fingers/middle finger can be a great warm up before writing tasks.

  A Roller key chain fidget can help kids to roll and move their fingers while holding the key chain right in the palm of their hand.

Try these ideas:

Fidgeting During Homework

Desk Top Fidget Tool

Key Chain Fidget Toys to help kids get the sensory input they need in the classroom or at home.