Pop Full of Surprises
- What: MindWare Imagination Poppers
- When: 5 years and up
- Why: Sensory, open-ended, affordable
- Where: Amazon or MindWare
Do you have a kid obsessed with fidgeting things? Maybe your child loves Pop It! and all the knock offs available for these fidgeting toys. But have you seen Imagination Poppers from MindWare?
This toy comes with 30 pieces to assemble. Each piece includes a silicone center that can be popped back and forth, much like the plastic bubbles in the Poke-A-Dot Alphabet book. The outer edge consists of a sturdy plastic hexagon. The hexagons connect to each other to create designs.
Don’t have any inspiration? Use one of the 20 double-sided idea cards included in the box to get started. The pieces come in one of six bright colors: red, pink, orange, yellow, turquoise, and dark blue, letting kids make lots of fun patterns and color combinations.
We usually adore our MindWare finds, like Dig It Up! and more. And these toys look great in theory, and some kids love them. But so far, we’ve found them tricky to take apart. While the connections slide together easily, they don’t like to separate. My kids love building toys (Magna-Tiles and LEGO run rampant in our household), so we were all excited to give these a try.
But even the adults had difficulty separating them. Two of my three kids had this toy on their holiday wish list. And neither of them have played with it more than once. All in all, we prefer the original Pop It! toys, where you can play a game or just enjoy lots of popping fun.
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