The Evolution of Desk Toys: From Newton’s Cradle to the LAVA Ball Series

For centuries, people have been using toys to help them focus and destress while at work. From the classic Newton’s Cradle to the brand new LAVA Ball volcanic stone aroma dispenser, these executive desk toys have become a staple on many office desks. In this article, we’ll present a brief history of executive desk toys, and explore some of the popular options available today.

Newton’s Cradle

One of the most iconic desk toys is the Newton’s Cradle. This classic device consists of five metal balls suspended from a frame in a row. When one ball on the end is lifted and released, it collides with the next ball and the energy is transferred through the row, causing the ball on the opposite end to swing out. The mesmerizing movement of the balls has been used for decades to help relieve stress and improve focus.

Stress Balls 

Stress balls are another type of executive desk toy that has been around for decades. They are small balls, usually made of foam or rubber, that are designed to be squeezed and manipulated to help relieve stress and tension. The idea behind stress balls is that the act of squeezing and releasing the ball helps to release tension in the hands and fingers, which can in turn help to relax the body and reduce stress levels. Stress balls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and are a popular choice for people who work in high-stress environments. Some stress balls even come with printed designs or logos, making them a popular promotional item for businesses and organizations.

Fidget Spinners

In recent years, fidget spinners have become a popular addition to many office desks. These small, handheld devices consist of a central bearing and several arms that spin around it. By spinning the device, users can relieve anxiety and improve focus. While they have been controversial and sometimes distracting in certain environments, they have helped many people reduce stress and improve focus.

Magnetic Sculptures

Another popular executive desk toy is the magnetic sculpture. These toys consist of small, magnetized balls or cubes that can be arranged into intricate shapes and patterns. The magnetic force between the pieces allows them to be stacked and manipulated in countless ways. Many people find them to be not only entertaining, but also stress-relieving and meditative. Some of the more advanced magnetic sculptures can be quite complex and require a steady hand to create. They come in various sizes and designs, making them a versatile addition to any workspace.

LAVA Ball Series

The LAVA Ball Series is a modern take on the classic desk toy. Made from a combination of lava beads and gemstones, these spherical toys have a unique texture and weight that make them perfect for de-stressing and focusing. By rolling the LAVA ball in your hands, the beads gently massage your palms and fingers, providing a soothing sensory experience. Upgrade your desk setup with your very own LAVA ball, available for pre-order now on Kickstarter. 

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