When you receive a package, and it contains bubble wrap inside (usually wrapped around a fragile object), what do you do with the bubble wrap? I think most people will agree, there is a sense of satisfaction and gratification to popping the air bubbles on a sheet of bubble wrap. I know I’m certainly “addicted” to doing it. Whenever I have bubble wrap I almost always pop each and every bubble until there are none left.
Apparently there is a scientific reason why people enjoy popping the bubbles on bubble wrap, but I’ll save that little science lesson for another day (Ha Ha).
There is a new “craze” that I have been seeing all over the internet and social media that takes popping bubble wrap to a whole new level. Perhaps you’ve seen it? They are silicone-like bubble wrap looking toys. They are made by the brand Go PoP!
Go PoP! The original popping game from the brand FoxMind (some are pictured at the top of this post).
Check out this brief commercial for Go PoP!
Go PoP! is both a game you can play with another person, or something you can enjoy on your own.
They are intended for children ages 5+, but I think younger children can enjoy them too.
Here is how you play against another person;
On a player’s turn, they select a row and press down any number of bubbles. The opponent then presses down any un-pressed bubbles in the desired row of their choice. The player that is left to press the last bubble on the board loses the round. Once a match is over, simply flip over the board to start another round. No setup time and no pieces to arrange or lose.
You can also invent your own game.
This is THE PERFECT game to take when traveling. It’s also a great game to have on hand when camping. You can even take it to the beach or lake with you because it’s water resistant.
In the age of COVID it’s nice to know that this game/toy can be easily washed. Just use some soap and warm/hot water and rinse, then dry (or leave to air dry).
I was sent some Go PoP! products to check out for myself. I received products in a variety of colors and styles. My favorite is the multiple colored Go PoP! It’s made out of plastic with the silicone “bubbles.”
I also LOVE the keychain version. I actually have it on my keychain. It’s great to fidget with when waiting on line at the grocery store or at the doctor’s office.
I think the keychain one would be great on a child’s backpack. They can use it when they are going to/from school and during downtime in class. Since the toy makes next to no sound, it wouldn’t be a disruption in class (as long as they don’t use it when they should be paying attention to the teacher).
Go PoP! can be used as a “fidget toy” as well.
I’m sure most people are familiar with fidget spinners. They were all the rage several years ago.
Fidget toys help children to focus, reduce stress and reduce anxiety. They can also be soothing for some children and adults.
I worked with a student with ADHD and I gave him one of the Go PoPs! I was sent to review. I saw him using it often when he was online with his teachers. He focused on what his teachers were talking about, but he would pop the bubbles back and forth with his hands at the same time. From what I observed (and I don’t know if this would be the case with all children/adults), it helped him to focus better. He also didn’t seem as hyper.
Go Pop! toys can also help with visual perception, fine motor skills and logical thinking.
If you are interested in learning more about Go PoP! toys, visit Foxmind.com. They have a store locator on their website. You can also purchase the products at other retail locations, just make sure you get the original Go PoP! toys. I have another one that is very similar to a Go PoP! and it doesn’t feel as well made as the Foxmind’s Go Pop! The other one I have is cheaply made. Even “popping” the “bubbles” doesn’t feel as satisfying.
The Foxmind brand can be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.
Are you a fan of Go PoP! toys? Do you have any? Have you played with them before? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.
*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.