Not a day goes by that you won’t find us playing with these little magnetic balls at our desks — here’s why Speks are the best fidget toy

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Speks makes small productivity desk toys out of magnets to help you focus or practice creative building skills.
Its most popular Original Speks toy ($19.95) is made up of 512 tiny magnet balls that you can mold, mash, and build with.
You can find us regularly playing with Speks at our own desks because they’re quiet and they can be manipulated in a variety of ways.

The explosive popularity of the fidget spinner and fidget cube a couple years ago has, for better or for worse, shown us that kids and adults alike enjoy having something tangible to play around with in their hands.

Thankfully, the fidget spinner fad has died down, ushering in a new generation of attention aids: squishable toys.

They vary in material (some of the more popular options are made out of slime), but the ones we’re always playing with at our desks are called Speks, a set of 512 small spherical magnets that you can mold, mash, and build with.

The simple but surprisingly effective concept is brought to you by the creators of Buckyballs and Zen Magnets. They’re two popular magnetic desk toys made to help adults “mash and smash stress away while building and creating — with no spinning and no batteries.”

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Our team was initially a little skeptical about the claim that playing with Speks “is like doing yoga for your fingers,” but we were still intrigued enough to try them for ourselves. Since trying them for the first time in 2017, not a day goes by without seeing at least one of us build with the Speks as we brainstorm pitches or take a few seconds away from writing a review to mash the magnets into different shapes.

The cool thing about the Speks is that there are enough magnets to use them in a variety of ways. Personally, I often found myself picking up my set as I worked through an article. Instead of getting carried away clicking at different browser tabs or spending too much time on Spotify, I get my mind back on track by squishing the Speks between my fingers.

You can also get creative and make sculptures (see the tiny purse our editor made below) if you need a hands-on activity that will get you away from your screen for a few minutes.

Here’s how some of my colleagues on the Insider Picks team enjoy their Speks:

Remi Rosmarin, reporter:

I always find myself fidgeting with pens, hair-ties, and other small items anyways, so it’s nice to have some toys designated for just that. Speks are fun to play with mindlessly or if you just want to give your brain something else to focus on for a while.

Sally Kaplan, editor:

I love playing with Speks — they give me something quiet to fidget with when I’m thinking, and they’re easy to set down and return to later on. Though, I …read more

Source:: Business Insider – Life

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