Ball of Whacks

This is the coolest thing I’ve ever touched,” I said. My husband responds with, “I think I may be insulted.” “No, see?” I ask as I toss him Roger von Oech’s Ball of Whacks. After a moment with the Ball, he agreed with me.

What is the Ball of Whacks? At its most impressive and enlightened, it’s a tool to help inspire creative thinking. For a knucklehead like me, it is the greatest fidgety widget of all time. That’s right, better than a Slinky. It’s comprised of 30 magnetic blocks that can be arranged into many different shapes.

It comes with a 96-page booklet that is loaded with different exercises you can do with the Ball of Whacks. Like most creativity inspiring exercises, the ones in the book seem silly and I will readily admit I did not try or use a single one of them. Who has time for that anyway when you’re busy fidgeting that Ball obsessively? Yes, my husband and I have already battled for control of the Ball of Whacks. Since I’m the one writing this article, you know who won.

Now, I had several of my friends play with the Ball of Whacks, and despite the fact that my husband and I are certain it’s the greatest fidget of all time, they remained unconvinced. So it begs the question, what is your favorite thing to fidget with? You know my answer, what’s yours? And keep it G Rated…yeah, I’m talking to you, yes you. You know who you are.