Remember when stress balls were all the rage?

What about the good old fashioned spinning top?

Well combine the two together and you've got yourself a fidget spinner - the new must-have craze for children.

They come in a range of colours and sizes and are said to help relieve stress - as well as spinners they are also available in cube shapes.

But how do they work and are they safe to use?

Here's what you need to know.

What are they?

The anti-stress relieving toy works by focusing the mind and hands on one tool.

In order for it to work users hold it between their fingers, flick it and watch it go.

They are quite small and can conveniently fit into pockets - which is perhaps part of the reason they have become so popular.

Not to mention they only cost a few pounds. But more on this later.

Toys R Us says of the spinner: "Not only is it fun and interesting, it can also help you to focus on daily tasks and relieve anxiety, simply hold the spinner in your hand and spin it rapidly with your finger."

In addition to the spinners, there also cube shapes available.

Are they safe to use?

The tools are aimed at adults and children, they are mainly made of plastic, so little ones won't cut their hands playing with them.

However they have been described as "addictive" and can easily become a distraction.

Some schools are banning them for this reason, as kids are too preoccupied playing with them in classes.

If your child suffers from anxiety it serves as a great stress relieving toy.

Where can I buy them?

There is a selection available on Amazon ranging from £1.60 to £5.

You can also buy them from eBay for a similar price.

If you don't want to buy them online you can also get your hands on one from ToysRUs for £2.99.

Smyths Toys sell the cube spinners for £9.99 each.

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