Let’s talk DIY fidget toys that you can make at home. Making your own fidgets can be part of the sensory fun! When you think of Sensory fidget toys, you might just think of the ever-popular fidget spinner, but there are a lot of really great fidget toys that can help expend nervous energy in little hands (or big hands…adults love these fidgets too!). 

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Oh so many fidget toys DIY ideas…!

Fidgets You Can Make

The idea of little fidget tools is not new at all. Caregivers and teachers have been coming up with great ideas to give sensory input in a quiet fidget way for some time. These fidget toy ideas are not only calming, but pretty fun as well!  

You can find some fun fidget toys to buy (see end of this article), but what we have collected here are some homemade fidget tools you can make yourself with things you already have around the house, scrap craft supplies or after a quick trip to the Dollar Store. <–Kids can help make their own fidgets!

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DIY Fidget Tools for Kids

We first started to use fidgets at our house as a toy and then noticed that it seemed a great way for my boys to focus a little better while they were playing so I handed them out strategically!  Long car rides went more easily, waits at the dentist office and even emotional times that might get more volatile.

What is a Sensory Fidget Toy? 

A fidget or fidget toy is an object that aids with focus and attention by allowing the brain to filter extraneous sensory information. By keeping the hands engaged in simple, repetitive motor movements, the user is able to “tune out” what would otherwise be distracting — lights, sounds, smells, movement, close proximity to other people.

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DIY Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners have become super popular in the last few years. They are fun to use as a sensory aid, but also make a great toy and something kids can trade. The homemade fidget toys are even more fun…

1. Make a Craft Stick Fidget Spinner

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Let’s make our own fidget spinners!

This DIY fidget spinner is one of our favorite sensory crafts. You can customize the look – we love the black and white racing theme with colors that spin. Using craft sticks and decorative duct tape with a ball bearings center…it is easier than you might think to make so grab your glue gun.

Related: Make sure to check out our favorite cool fidget spinners

2. Build a LEGO Fidget Spinner

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This fidget toy is made out of LEGO bricks.

You can also make a fun LEGO spinner via Frugal Fun for Boys & Girls. What I like about this craft is that you probably have all the bricks you need to create it…which means you can make one right now…

Watch Short Video on How to Build a LEGO Fidget Spinner

3. Homemade Metal Fidget Spinner

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This fidget toy is made out of skateboard bearings.

Use the bearings from and old, broken skateboard to make a DIY metal spinner via All For The Boys.

4. Make a Wooden Spinner

homemade wooden fidget spinner in action held by one hand in front of tools in shop
This fidget toy is made out of wood.

If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can build a wooden spinner! via Instructables

DIY Fidgets

5. Pencil Size Quiet Fidget

text: DIY desk fidget tool - colorful beads on a pink pipe cleaner in a fidget the size of a pencil
This fidget toy goes to school easily.

You probably already have everything you need to make this simple fidget like pipe cleaners and plastic beads of different colors via The OT Toolbox. What I like is that it could easily and discreetly be used in the classroom because it is not noisy or obvious.

6. Homemade Putty

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This fidget toy is a DIY putty recipe.

Make your own thinking putty – a slime/silly putty type of substance which is the perfect way to work out nervous energy via Natural Beach Living You can also buy it here!

7. DIY Fidget Bracelet

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This fidget toy doubles as a bracelet.

Wear this fidget bracelet so it’s always ready when you need it via Dejong Dream House. Someone looking at the bracelet would never guess that it has a secret…inside are hidden marbles or pony beads that make it the perfect self sensory therapy tool.

8. Interlocking Rings Fidget

homemade infinite twisting fidget toy - shown here with two rings and two bearings with red wrap
This fidget toy is endless…literally.

The original interlocking rings tutorial that caught our eye is no longer available online. The idea was to use craft rings and jewelry making supplies to create a small item that could be worn on a child’s finger in between uses while tucked away into the hand or left in the pocket. Here is a version of this called the infinite twisting fidget toy from Instructables.

9. Homemade Pencil Topping Fidget

pencil topper fidget toy made from beads and pipe cleaners shown on pencil in child's hand
This fidget toy goes well to school.

These pencil toppers are a quick and easy fidget tool you can make at home via The OT Tool Box. I love the idea that the fidget is ready at school whenever needed!

10. DIY Foot Fidget…YES!!!

DIY foot fidget toy for kids shown with orange pool noodle cut up and yellow bungee cord through the middle
This fidget toy is great for feet and legs.

This fun foot fidget attaches to your desk chair and is made from a pool noodle via Adapted World. This is super fun!

11. Make a Fidget Cube

DIY sensory cubes shown on light background with all sorts of different textures from soft, to smooth to bumpy
Oh all the textures on this fidget toy!
  • You can also make your own fidget cube via Tex Workshop!
  • Also check out these really cool ideas for lots and lots of fidget cubes from Red Ted Art – they are really fun!

12. Homemade Water Bottle Fidget Toy

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This fidget toy is made out of soda bottle caps.

This simple fidget toy is made from a water bottle lid via Instructables.

13. Homemade Stress Balls

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This fidget toy is fun to squeeze.

It is really easy to make your own stress balls to squeeze to relieve tension from The Chaos and the Clutter.

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Make your own fidgets!

Fidgets We Like

If you don’t have time or energy to make a homemade fidget, here are a few that might do the trick…

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Which fun DIY fidget toys are you making first?

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  1. all these are great! I made all of them. they really helped my friend savannah calm down! thanks for posting this!

  2. all these are great! I made all of them.they really help my friend savannah calm down! thank you for posting this!

  3. My kids and I have made the lego spinners. I can’t wait to try some of these other fidget toy projects.

    To keep the fidget spinner fun going, my kids and I came up with a board game that uses the spinners. The goal of the game is to get from one side of a grid to the other by completing fidget spinner tricks and winning spinner challenges against your opponents.