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Have you heard of Pop It fidget toys? They are so popular right now! My boys love them and they are excellent fidgets!

Did you know Pop Its are great learning tools? There are so many ways you can use it either in the classroom or at home for learning. Today I’m excited to share 15 fun ideas!

## What Is a Pop It?

Before I share the ideas, let’s talk about what a Pop It is! This fidget toy is a silicone toy that is like reusable bubble wrap! You press a bubble and it pops. I do have to say, it’s much quieter than actual bubble wrap! It’s really fun and kind of addicting!

## Where Can You Get Pop Its?

You can find them at Target, Walmart, Amazon, and other stores. If you want to check out the ones I have in the pictures, just click the words below.

## Literacy Activities with Pop-It Fidget Toys

### 1. Alphabet Letters

Practice learning the alphabet! Sing the alphabet song as you pop each letter.

### 2. Sounding out words

Say a word, then pop a bubble for each phoneme. (Ex: c-a-t)

### 3. Spelling words

Practice spelling words by popping the letters. You will need to do simple words that don’t have any double letters. This would be great for kindergarteners.

### 4. Syllable Counting

Practice counting syllables in words. When kids divide words into parts or “chunks” it helps them with the process of decoding.

Say the word, and each time you say a syllable, pop a bubble! (ex: spi-der, win-dow, hos-pi-tal)

### 5. Word Awareness

Word awareness is simply your students’ ability to hear words as a unit of sound. Words are the largest units of sounds so it is the easiest of all the phonological awareness skills. To practice this, say a sentence and have the student pop a bubble for every word. (ex: I like to eat pizza.) This activity of kinesthetic learning is really helpful for children with weak phonological awareness.

## Math Activities with Pop-It Fidget Toys

### 1. 100 grid

If you get a Pop-It with one hundred bubbles, you can make a 100 grid! If you don’t want to make your own, you can buy a pre-made 100 grid pop-it on Amazon! This is fabulous for number recognition, counting practice, and seeing patterns in math. Have your students pop the numbers as they count. This will help them count to 100! You can also have them count by tens by popping the far right column.

### 2. Odd and even numbers

Use the same Pop It (or a smaller one) to practice identifying odd and even numbers. I love how this shows a pattern and will help kids understand how odd and even numbers work.

### 3. Pop the Number

Take turns rolling a dice and popping that many bubbles. This is a great way to work on one-to-one correspondence and gives meaning to the number you roll. Keep taking turns popping bubbles until you run out!

### 4. Addition and Subtraction Practice

Practice addition or subtraction with a Pop It. Let’s say the problem is 2 + 2. Have the child pop two, then pop two more. Count to find the answer.

### 5. Multiplication Arrays

Create multiplication arrays with a Pop It. Just like drawing an array on graph paper, you do it the same way on the Pop It. (I love this for kinesthetic learners!) For the equation 2 x 3, you would pop two rows and three columns. Then you can see there are 6 popped and that is your answer.

## More Activities With Pop Its

**1. How fast?**

This one is simply for fun. Time the child to see how fast they can pop the bubbles!

**2. Word unscramble**

One player chooses a word and pops the letters for that word. The other player looks at the letters they “popped” and tries to figure out the word. You’ll need to do simple words, like CVC words that don’t repeat letters.

**3. Hangman**

Use the pop it with the alphabet letters written on it. One person chooses a word and the other person tries to guess it. Play it just like a regular hangman game, but with every letter guess, pop the letter on the fidget toy.

**4. Marble game**

One person sets a marble on the backside of the Pop It. Flip it over and have the other person pop the bubbles until they find where the marble is.

**5. Water beads**

Place water beads in the bubble sections! This is fun for sensory play.

I’m sure there are many more ways to use Pop It fidgets! I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

M says

Love these ideas!!

Stephanie says

I use them in my classroom for calm down time in our “Zen Den”.

Christina Reynolds says

I love the simple idea of Roll and Pop! Rolling the die and popping that many bubbles is such a fun way to teach one to one correspondence and quantification!

Tricia L says

I would love to win the empty Pop It! I have a wide age range of kiddos and the blank one opens up so many possibilities to teach each one at their own level. Such a great gift!

Raye Frerer says

My story is similar to yours, but the teaching started in 1975! I taught in public classrooms, then homeschooled my own and then made my way back to a classroom setting! I also have grands that I love to encourage with these great ideas!

kat says

I use for finger isolation for young children!

Rebecca says

This is a great idea why didn’t I think of this lol love it

Anastasia says

Haven’t used it yet for learning activities but now I have some wonderful ideas how to do it.

Carly Bade says

These are all such wonderful ideas! My girls love these toys but I’ve never considered all the great ways to use them in our schooling.

Sarah says

It is crazy to see all of the ideas for how to utilize the pop its! My students would love this opportunity!

Priscilla Wagner says

Homeschooling mom here. I’ve used our pop it’s for counting, but I don’t have a 100 grid one. Would love that. I will be turning one of the pop it’s I have into an alphabet one. You’ve given me some really great ideas! Thanks!

Samantha Mueller says

I love all the alphabet ideas!! Sounding out words, spelling, their all great ideas!!

shannon says

we use pop its in our quiet corner and we are starting to use them for counting games

Laura says

I have just started to use them for addition using dice. I got some different operation and numeral dice variations for my older students.

Amber Spurlock says

Love pop it’s! I found some letter and number shaped ones on Amazon too. Love your ideas!

Trisha Cooper says

Popping the letters of their names would be fun!

Angela Wagner says

We use pop it’s for sensory time, fidgets, and calming tools

Jeanne Ramos says

I’ve seen these pop ups but never thought of these many ways to use them.

cristine packard says

I have not used pop it in my classroom yet!!! Now that I know ways to use them I give them a try!!! Thanks

Tanya Bloom says

I have tons of pop it activities and can always use more.