puzzle beads

your-alien-friend  asked:

Do u know any stim toys that can go on a lanyard key chain? Thanks:)

Oh, yes! Yes I do! There are many toys that can go on a lanyard key chain, some as they are, some with a little work/creativity depending on the type of fastener you have for the lanyard! I’ve also got a few DIYs I’ve made myself - bead rings attached to a zip lanyard for double stimmy goodness.

Firstly: many squishies come with a cell phone charm strap or a ball chain attachment. Both of those can attach to a lanyard as they are. In my review post this morning I’ve got the macaron ($1 AUD) which is smaller and might be ideal for hanging from a lanyard; Stimtastic has the Squishy Panda Charms ($1 USD). Any squishy with an attachment point will work.

(As I’ve written about the durability of squishies, I’d coat the foam around the attachment point/plastic ring on the squishy with a layer of thick PVA/white glue and let it dry overnight before adding it to the lanyard. This will help the foam not tear away from the ring. I did this to my apple where the ring sheared away completely and it’s solid after drying.)

Secondly: there are Tangles that have lanyard attachments (linked in this post) although they’re rarer and hard to find. However, if you have a lanyard with a string attachment, like those used to attach USB drives to a lanyard or a keychain, those special attachments aren’t necessary and you can use any old Tangle. Just loop it around the Tangle the way you’d loop the cord around the anchor hole on a USB drive, as below:

[image description: a pink, blue, yellow and clear Tangle Jr Textured attached via a bright yellow plastic and cord lanyard connector to a worn Little Twin Stars lanyard.]

Other things can be attached to the lanyard in the same way, as long as there’s something for the cord’s attachment to hitch around: doughnut chewables and silicone beads, any chewable or pendant with a hole in it, a snake puzzle if you fold it so the attachment is in the centre, a telephone cord bracelet.

Thirdly: bead rings (you can DIY it with instructions here or purchase from @werevampiwolf at their etsy or through Stimtastic) are easily attached to just about anything if they’re made from a split ring or clip ring (they all are).

I’ve attached my own large bead rings (made from 50 cm clip/binder rings, available from the stationery section at Daiso) to zip lanyards (also available from Daiso) by removing the standard attachment and hooking the bead ring with two opened chain links.

[image description: three large silver bead rings attached to zip lanyards. Top left: red and yellow zip lanyard attached to a ring bearing round and square yellow, red and orange wooden beads. Top right: a blue and red zip lanyard attached to a ring bearing oval red and blue wooden beads beside red and blue pony beads. Bottom: a pink and green zip lanyard attached to a ring threaded with rainbow-coloured metallic pony beads.]

Fourthly: any standard keychain stim toy or necklace charm. A fluffy/pompom keychain, a tassel keychain, a roller bead lanyard/chain or a small plushie with a cord loop. If the loop attachment is difficult (too small for the above hitch or the clips shown below, for example), use a large jump ring: open it with a pair of pliers, thread it through the loop attachment and the bottom of the lanyard, close it with the pliers.

Fifthly: prickle animal fidgets. (Available from Stimtastic ($0.90 USD) but I’ve also seen them in multipacks at Toys R Us and in the party sections at the more expensive kind of dollar shop.) They have a closed loop on their back that can be threaded through a lanyard attachment, dog clip or a jump ring, like so:

[image description: a green dinosaur prickle fidget toy attached to a white star-print lanyard with a gold dog clip and an orange dinosaur prickle fidget toy attached to a white G2 My Little Pony print lanyard via a silver lanyard clip. Both toys have a square attachment in the middle of their prickled backs holding the clasp of each lanyard.]

Other Stimtastic offerings ideal for lanyards include the Mobius Flower Lanyard ($4.25 USD) and the Keychain Eni Puzzle ($9.60 USD). (@stimtastic​ here on Tumblr, if you want to see what other stimmers have done with these toys.)

In short: there’s many things that don’t need modding at all, and even more things that only need the application of a pair of pliers and a jump ring or two to make them attachable. I hope this gives you some ideas to find the perfect lanyard-portable toy for you!

ETA: @jaydxnalexandxr says,

With tangles, you can pull apart a bit, slide it onto a key ring loop, close the tangle then clip the key ring to a lanyard! That’s what I do 

I didn’t think of it because my hand pain is so bad I prefer not pulling apart Tangles, but this should have been obvious. Thank you!

My favourite stim toys
Chewy spin dog toy
Rainbow slinky
Metallic finish chewy
Mr bendy man
Jumbo bead ring
Yellow squishy spike ball
Knock off fidget cube
Foam stress ball
Gel hand excersise ball
Rubber squishy Dino’s
Hairy tangle
Homemade peg spring thing
Orbeeze ice pack
Boink fidget
Snake puzzle
Möbius fidget/mini
Bead rings
Two spinners one galaxy one red
Rubix cube
Rainbow tangle ball
Balloon marble fidget
Purple metallic tangle.


[Image description: Two photos, one of a huge collection of stim toys, the other of them wrapped in bubble-wrap parcels, both on the same wooden kitchen island bench.

Stim toys in photo one - Two Tangle Jrs, container of glitter slime, green reusable bag, ball made of a mesh of interwoven neon plastic, strawberry squishy in a plastic packet, giant green bubble blower, marble maze, snake puzzle, three rainbow beaded rolling keychains, a pendant of pony beads at the end of a zipper necklace, two necklaces with pendants made of pony beads on a metal loop, an ice pack with small green gel beads, a goblin finger puppet, two tassel pendants, a fabric pom pom pendant, a fabric lucky cat with two bells, a red D20, a red rolling bead keychain, and a green silicone necklace.]

Oh my gosh! I am beyond overwhelmed by all the amazing gifts @ambiguouspieces​ sent me as the prize for participating in the reading challenge they ran in April. @eldritchesoterica​ also included some incredibly lovely gifts. This is literally the best thing ever, and even a few days later I have no idea what to say that would express how completely delighted I am. :D :D :D Thank you both so much.

anonymous asked:

do you have anything to replace earbud spinning? cause i do it all the time and it annoys the heck outta people

Anon, I’ve had something like twelve hours of sleep over four nights. My brain is not functioning. So, to be honest, I don’t know if you mean spinning an earbud, as in twirling an ear section from a headphone set, or spinning an earbud, as in twirling a cotton bud in your ear. (I have a feeling I should know, but I don’t.) If it’s the former, I can make suggestions; if it’s the latter … I don’t know. If you’re after the feel of something to spin in your hands, it’s less difficult, but if you’re after the feel of the bud turning in your ear, I have absolutely no idea as how to replace that. I might have to come back to that one when my body decides it’s willing to sleep again!

(To make it worse, it’s not really recommended that people use cotton buds in ears anyway, so anything that replaces it runs into the same problem of not being great in your ears.)

So, to cut down on blank staring at the computer screen and attempt some measure of usefulness, I’ll discuss the things I can figure out.

The problem is, I think, that if you’re spinning the earbud from a headphone set in your hands, and that’s annoying, most other replacement stims that you can spin and twirl are also like to annoy people. I’ve got a list of things you can spin or make to spin here, but I really don’t see how spinning your earphones is any different from twirling a Tangle or the end of a roller bead lanyard over your fingers and through the air. Unless it’s a small thing like a spinner, that can be held low in your hands and kept more unobtrusive, these things are potentially extremely annoying to others.

(This said: anon, if this is a stim you really like, give yourself some private time in which to do it. Five minutes spinning the earbud before you go to sleep, for example. We’ve all got stims that annoy or impact others, but that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t enjoy them when there’s nobody else around to irritate. I think you’re that much more likely to be willing to replace the stim around others when you know that you’re not being denied the stim entirely. And, assuming this is a headphone, if you’ve got space and are careful of not hitting objects - just be a little mindful about how you do it - this really isn’t a harmful stim. We can acknowledge that some stims are annoying for those around us while still acknowledging the truth that they aren’t dangerous or problematic! Give yourself private space to do this stim and enjoy it, please.)

So. In all honesty, I don’t think we can replace the spinning. I think our best bet is to give you something to do with your hands, which means looking at more standard, unobtrusive fidget toys. In particular, I’m thinking toys that have greater movement of your hands and fingers are more like to be successful for you - just stroking a soft toy, for example, isn’t like to occupy you as a replacement and is like to just leave you unconsciously reaching for the earbud.

The toys I’m thinking are:

(Note: all links go to tags collecting posts about where to find that particular item.)

- Spinners. They’re everywhere at the moment, so finding one to try shouldn’t be a problem. You can hold these close to your body, so it should be less distracting, and since you need to hold it in one hand and spin it with the other, it should keep both hands occupied.

- Tangles. Now that there’s a flood of knock-offs on eBay, it’s pretty easy for most people to get their hands on a Tangle. (The differences are ones of texture, noise and weight, not function.) Note that I need two hands to work a Tangle Jr, but most people find it only occupies one hand, so if you want to engage both hands, try looking for the larger Tangles (Therapy, Jumbo, etc). There’s a post here on how to use a Tangle, if you need some inspiration.

- Fidget Cubes. Likewise, these are also getting pretty easy to access, if you don’t mind a knock-off (which seem to vary widely in quality, ease of use and noise, so getting a good one is a little pot luck). If you like a lot of small, very repetitive movements, this is an ideal fidget for you and should keep your hands and fingers very occupied.

- Puzzles: wood puzzles, snake puzzles, serpent puzzles. These all give you some of the movement of a Tangle plus the challenge of trying to make particular arrangements and shapes. Again, very good for keeping the hands occupied and moving.

- Chain fidgets. Again, very good for constant hand movements, as you’re just constantly turning the fidget over and over. I’ve seen these available in a variety of sizes, and if you DIY these, you can make them as big and small as you like or need. These aren’t as accessible as some of the items here, but I’ve seen them on eBay and Etsy, and they’re available in many OT and stim toy shops.

- Bead Rings and Roller Bead Lanyards. Also easy to DIY! The rings can be noisy depending on the types of beads used (plastic pony beads are quieter; metal-lined glass beads are louder) but, like a spinner, require you to continually turn the beads around and around. The lanyards can be rolled across a knee or bench/table, but clicking the beads up and down the strand requires one hand to hold the end and the other hand to move the beads, giving you a lot of hand movement. Plus the lanyards are easy to attach to a bag or belt loop, if you don’t want to make a wearable lanyard.

- Twiddle. This is rather like a Tangle, just thinner, longer and with clips easier to pull apart. It’s designed to be either twisted like a Tangle, scrunched, or pulled apart and put back together in different shapes, making it like the fabulous child of a Tangle and a snake puzzle. This is more expensive a fidget than most things on this list, and mostly only available from stim toy and OT stores, but it’s great for occupying the hands. Here’s a post on how to clip the Twiddle pieces back together!

I’m not sure how good an answer this for you, anon, but I hope it helps. Feel free to ask again if I’ve approached this in the wrong direction for you; I’ll try to do better the second time around. If our followers have ideas, please feel free to comment!

- Mod K.A.

anonymous asked:

aaa uhm sorry to bother you but do you have any recommended toys that I could tumble/roll in my hand? I'm not sure if I'm autistic (any time I mention wanting to be screened((is that the right word??)) I get brushed off) or just fidgety-anxious but rolling a marble around seems to help me calm down.. things that would keep my fingers busy is what I'm getting at I guess? Sorry, I'm rambling (; ´•~•) thanks in advance

You’re not bothering me, anon! Not at all. And it doesn’t matter here if you’re autistic or anxious - all that matters is that stimming helps you in some way. If you want to explore this more, please do so, but it’s so not a requirement to engage in stimming.

There’s actually lots of things that work really well in the palm of the hand. As in that this is a hard ask to answer in depth, because the vast majority of items on this blog are designed to keep fingers busy. I’ve spent the last hour rolling and scrunching my new Twiddle in my palm because I really like the feel of the scrunch!

(Seriously. So scrunchy. The Twiddle is like the love child of the Tangle Jr and a snake puzzle, but somehow got extra, additional scrunch. It’s fabulous.)

I’m also going to link to the household/common every day fidget items ask, as there’s a lot of things on that list that are great for fidgeting (specifically keeping fingers busy) and should be accessible for most.

You also might like to check out these previous posts for more information on types of toys and categories of toys: a breakdown on common fidget toys and how they’re used | categories of stim toys | building a varied stim toy kit | why you should vary your stim toys.

I’ve broken this up into a few different categories. Links below will go to the tags for each item, as most of those tags, now, include reviews and informative posts on where to buy said thing. If you need help finding these things - as in you want particular sources for anything that interests you - please let me know. A great many of these things can be found on online stores like Stimtastic, Fidget Club and The Therapy Shoppe, but also more general stores like Amazon. If you need more local retailers (especially if you’re not located in the US) let me know your location and I’ll do my best to hunt down retailers.

Independent game and toy stores do stock some of these things. I’ve had good luck at a couple of my local department stores! If you can handle venturing into offline stores, it’s often quite worth really poking around in toy, stationary, craft, accessories, party and fitness departments.

Lastly, if you want to and are able to make things, there’s quite a few fidget toys listed on our DIY master posts: one and two.

Household things that roll

marbles | bouncy balls | worry stones | makeup blending sponges | dice (especially D20 or D12 dice, and most game shops will have these available for single purchase) | rounded erasers | kneadable erasers (when moulded into a ball) | puzzle erasers | playdough (when moulded into a ball) | pompoms |

Stim toys that roll in your palm (as in ball-like)

hedge balls | hedge creatures | smaller squishies | smaller stress balls | crocheted stress balls | puffer balls | marimo | Koosh Ball | porcupine ball |

Stim toys that roll between your palms

bead lanyards | roller bead fidgets | bead fidgets | Disney Tsum Tsum (either the mini plush toys or the blind bag figurines) |

Fidget toys that don’t roll but are great for busy fingers

Tangles | Twiddles | snake puzzles | edamame popper keychains | bead rings | marble loops | marble mazes | Klixx fidget | pop toob | Fidget Cube | Loopez | chain fidgets |

This is really a brief breakdown - a starting point. If you want any particular item explained in more specific detail, or have questions about anything, anon, please ask. I’m more than happy to help you further.

- Mod K.A.

twigwise  asked:

I work at Target and BOY do I have recommendations! Pretty much every Target has a small party section with party favors and toys in it! Those toys range from one to five dollars and they're Target's brand "Spritz." There are balloon-like squishy toys with a good, soft texture, there are silicone slap bracelets, there are puzzles and noisemakers and beads and tons of fidgets- it's PARADISE for stim toys! I pick up new ones every so often.