Are Fiddlers only for students? Not in my experience. Parents and teachers often pick them up during conferences and they seem to enjoy the tactile stimulation during our conversation as much as the students do.
I also like to use Fiddlers as a conversation starter, with some suggestions below for each Fiddler.
My top 10 favorite Fiddlers are:
| 1. Koosh® Ball|
What do you like to do for fun?
| 2. Magnetic Rings Stand|
What would you like to balance better?
| 3. Jacob's Ladder|
What would you like to change?
| 4. Hoberman® Sphere|
What seems to get out of control?
| 5. Switch Pitch®|
Changes colors when tossed
(It is made by Hoberman)
What changes would you like?
| 6. Horseshoe Puzzle|
(Even though it seems impossible,
show students how to remove the ring)
What else has seemed impossible?
| 7. Bendy figures|
How do you want to be more flexible?
| 8. Morf® Balls|
(They change colors when squeezed)
What's on your inside that no one sees?
| 9. The Slinky®|
What's something hard to get through?
| 10. Whirly Wheel Gyroscope Toy®|
Do you ever go too fast and get off track?
Like most counselors, I'm always on the lookout for more Fiddlers. Toys-R-Us, museum gift shops, toy stores, Trainer's Warehouse, and the Dollar Store have supplied me for years!
In the comments section below, share what your favorite Fiddler is and/or where you found it: