One of the best ways I've found to use
fidget poppers is by connecting them to the goal of exploring feelings.
only are we using physical energy which provides tactile sensory input, but
I've seen kiddos who focus on pushing the colorful dots to help relieve stress,
anxiety, or even pent-up energy. While fidget poppers can be used both during
procedures and for rapport building, there is also an opportunity to use them
as a way to discuss and identify feelings.
When going to SmileMakers.com, I knew I
wanted to use the Dino Fidget Poppers that have five colorful
bubbles that can be used to identify either different feelings or the bubbles
could be used to discuss triggers to a feeling.
To understand the child's understanding
of the word feelings, I ask them to help me come up with 5 big feelings to
correspond with a specific color. Here are the top 5 big feelings that come up
Green = mad
Purple = scared
Blue = sad
Pink = happy
With older children and adolescents, I
like that we can use the fidget poppers to communicate with each other instead
of just using words.
than just referring to many different options, we get specific about one.
Encourage your patients to identify experiences around a certain emotion.
Here's an example of using the fidget popper with the emotion "sad."
- Orange = saying goodbye to someone I love
- Green = not
being in school and seeing friends when I'm sick
- Purple =
feeling sick or in pain
- Yellow =
- Pink = being away from home
In addition to this specific activity, fidget
poppers can be used as a tool to promote focus and keep them engaged with
an activity they need to pay attention to. The benefits are:
• They are designed to be highly visible
• Easy for children to see and play with
• Great for helping hands busy
• And my personal favorite, you can CLEAN
How would you use a fidget popper in your