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Good for: concentration, muscle building, cognitive development, understanding of strategy in older kids
The satisfying sensation of popping bubble-wrap has inspired a new fad amongst kids who are playing with fidget toys that let them pop-pop-pop over and over. Unlike Bubble Wrap, which is permanently popped, users can push the bubbles from one side to the other over and over; one side makes a louder pop than the other. "Pop it, flip it. Pop it, flip it."
Craze aside, this little unassuming toy has many benefits that evolve as the child grows. Fidget toys can also reduce anxiety and stress, enhance dexterity, improve coordination and fine motor skills and assist in the development of muscles of small hands. Fidget toys are appropriate for all ages and genders and most developmental abilities.
They aren’t just for fidgeting though. They double as a tic-tac-toe style strategy game. The concept is simple: Each player can pop as many bubbles as they’d like on their turn in any row on the board. Then, they pass it on to a friend who does the same. The key is to strategise throughout the game so you’re not left with the last bubble to pop. Once the round is over, simply flip the board over and start again. It’s a lot more fun and challenging than it sounds!
Suitable for kids 3 and above. The older they get the more beneficial it gets.