The Do’s and Don’ts of Popping Pop It

Pop Its have become one of the hottest fidget toys on the market. These simple silicone bubbles provide hours of popping entertainment for kids and adults alike. However, there are some guidelines to follow to make sure your Pop Its last and provide the satisfying pops you know and love. Here are the do’s and don’ts of popping Pop Its.

DO pop the bubbles one at a time. The best way to pop a Pop It is to use your thumb and pointer finger to isolate one bubble and apply pressure to pop it. Popping one bubble at a time provides the most satisfying individual popping sensation that makes these toys so addictive. Resist the urge to smash your whole hand down on the toy. This could damage the bubbles and compress the air out of multiple bubbles at once.

DO switch up your popping fingers. While your pointer finger and thumb work best for isolating and popping individual bubbles, you can also use different combinations of fingers to change things up. Try using your pointer and middle finger together or just your thumb. Varying the fingers you use keeps the popping interesting.

DO clean regularly. Like any toy handled frequently, Pop Its can accumulate dirt, dust, oils from your hands, and other debris in the small crevices between the bubbles. About once a week, clean your Pop It with mild soap and warm water. This will ensure no gunk builds up to limit the air flow and satisfying pop. Let it air dry completely before storing or using again.

DO store properly. When not in use, keep your Pop It stored in a sealed plastic bag or container. This prevents dust and dirt from settling into the crevices. Storing properly preserves the integrity and popping potential.

DON’T overstretch the bubbles. While stretching the bubbles somewhat enhances the pop, take care not to overstretch. Pulling too far on an individual bubble can cause it to tear or develop small holes. This effect the air flow required for a good pop. Stretch gently to get the most pops without damaging.

DON’T pop with long or sharp fingernails. Long natural or artificial fingernails increase the risk of tearing the thin silicone when isolating bubbles. Sharp edges have the same effect. Clip nails short or file down sharp edges before a popping session to prevent damaging your toy.

DON’T expose to extreme temperatures. High heat can cause the flexible silicone to become misshapen. Freezing temperatures make the bubbles stiff and less pliable. Store your Pop It at normal room temperature away from heat and cold to preserve the right flexibility for popping.

DON’T pop near your face. When a bubble pops, a small amount of air and potential germs will be expelled. Keep the toy at arm’s length rather than right in front of your eyes or mouth to avoid unexpectedly inhaling the air particles.

DON’T pop excessively in public settings. While great for fidgety fingers, constantly popping can produce noise that distracts others around you. Be mindful of your surroundings and consider switching to a quieter fidget toy in libraries, classrooms, offices, or other quiet locales.

DO supervise kids during use. The small silicone bubbles pose a choking hazard for young kids if they manage to tear pieces off. Do not let children under 3 years handle Pop Its. Closely supervise older kids to ensure they follow safety guidelines.

With proper care and usage, Pop Its provide hours of mesmerizing popping play. Following these do’s and don’ts maintains the structure and function to take your popping to the next level. Soon you’ll be a Pop It pro both maximizing your fun and making them last. So get popping – the right way!