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Fidget spinners, the hit toy that spun out of nowhere

| Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 7:42 a.m.

NEW YORK - Stores can't keep them in stock. Parents are going crazy trying to find them.

The mania for fidget spinners - the 3-inch twirling gadgets - is unlike many other toy crazes. They're not made by a major company and are more easily found at a gas station or 7-Eleven than a big toy chain.

Corey Walton, Event Coordinator for Learning Express Toys shows off a Fidget Spinner from her store in Bakery Square, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Local school districts are banning the toy from classrooms. Fidget Spinners were originally designed to help children with Autism or ADHD to focus in the classroom.

Photo by Andrew Russell

The craze exploded last month. Shannan Rowell, a sixth-grade special education teacher, says that after a weeklong break in late April more than half of her students suddenly had one.

Michigan toy store owner Tom Jones says the phone rings 20 to 30 times a day with people checking if they're in stock.

Toy expert Jim Silver expects the fad to last into the summer but fade as more of them flood into the market.

Corey Walton, Event Coordinator for Learning Express Toys shows off a Fidget Spinner from her store in Bakery Square, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Local school districts are banning the toy from classrooms. Fidget Spinners were originally designed to help children with Autism or ADHD to focus in the classroom.

Photo by Andrew Russell

 

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