18. CLICK, CLACK, FLICK, TAP, OR CLICK WITH MUFFIK ANTI-STRESS TOY
Muffik has recently announced new anti-stress (and other sensory) toys that can fit right into your pocket or, thanks to a large loop, can be hung on your keys, jacket pocket, backpack, purse, etc., so you can keep them close.
But why have something like this? I'm sure you know times when your hands or feet (or sometimes both) are unsteady, and you don't know what to do with them. I also notice with teens, as I spend a lot of time with them, that there is always someone tapping their foot or wiggling in different ways. Despite the regular chatter, they can play a board game or watch a movie.
In the same way, young children often don't know what to do with themselves. They need to be calmed down and have space to focus on one thing, which they may not be able to do in the plethora of sensations from their surroundings. They are grumpy, unpleasant, and you just need to do something, drive or walk somewhere, etc.
As soon as you pick up this toy, you immediately start focusing on its functions and trying to see what you can come up with. This surprised me when I first took them - I personally pin them on my keys, where Muffik products are starting to dominate heavily. That way, I'll always have a trifle available to impress Olivka or the older girls in the car on the go.
In the form of red and blue variants, the first version resembles the clicking of a pen. It is louder and basically a magnet repelled by the two fixed magnets. We play with it in the sense of a quiet clicking or the fastest click we can make.
The second version, in the form of a yellow and green variant, looks like a large zipper slider. Unlike the red/blue variant, it is quiet. This time you rotate the centre around, which is lifted by the resistance in full rotational force. It will either stop on your finger or be stopped by magnetic resistance. With this version, we play a game in the sense of “escape in time”, where we try to spin the middle part without it touching the finger.
The girls have both kinds of fidgets freely at hand at home and (surprisingly) don't fight over them. On the contrary, they take turns and are able to share. Once we start going on trips and spending a lot more time on the road, I'll attach them to the girls' backpacks.
Because both toys use a magnetic system, children can test where they can hold on and where they will fall off immediately. They soon find that they can hold on to each other as well.
And while you're exploring the magnetic force, try to get physics involved with the older kids as well.
Karol Tišerová (MUFFIK anti-stress toy) - Successful Czech Mama Blogger