Pop it or gadget Popper is a kind of sensory toy. There are small "bubbles" in it. You can push them open and "explode". It's a bit like bubble paper! They were originally designed to provide sensory and tactile experiences to help children who might benefit from additional help focus. But, like a fingertip top, these pop music soon became popular among all children.
But why not take advantage of this student obsession to give full play to your strengths in the classroom? We've brainstormed many wonderful activities that you can incorporate into your math group, English group or classroom brain activities to have a little fun.
Of course, they can still be used as fidgety toys for those who really need them in class.
(1) Segmented phoneme
Using our decodeable sound button flashcards, ask students to press a "bubble" for each sound.
(2) Exploring syllables in words
Use our syllable Pin card for wonderful hands-on activities.
The students choose a card and photograph the syllables. Then they push a "bubble" for each syllable. Finally, they can nail the correct number of syllables on the nail card. Fine motion, repetition and syllable in one - genius!
(3) CVC activities
Use our CVC word building activity to make some excellent CVC picture cards and matching letters. Students can select a picture, find the matching letter to create a matching CVC word, and then use the "button" on pop it to read the word.
Some teachers are also trying to use Sharpie to write letters on every bubble on pop it!
(4) Pommel competition
Well, we were a little excited when we found out that the little fluffy ball you can buy is perfect for "bubbles" when it's upside down.
Using pliers or nails, students need to pick up the ball and fill each bubble of pop it. Think about which muscles your students need to develop; Pliers and nails open and close using different muscles.
Even the general "bang" of this fidgety toy is good for general fine motion
Using pop to develop fine motion.
(5) Skip count
Use pop it to consolidate students' knowledge of jump count. Students can press the bubble while calculating for 2 seconds, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, etc.
(6) Simple addition
You only need one pop it and two dice to do simple addition. Students can roll dice and press the number of bubbles on pop it to display the total.
(7) Simple number recognition
Students roll dice and then push so many bubbles on pop it. A large number of recognition activities in early learning.
For larger numbers, you can use some flashcards in a similar way.
Using pop its to carry out mathematical activities
(8) Simple coding
Use our coding guide card for fun activities for your little coder. Put two small objects in pop it. In pairs, one student needs to use the direction card to explain to the other how to get from one object to another.
Write coordinates on a piece of paper to add to the outside of pop it. One student can add a pile ball to a bubble in pairs, while another student needs to provide the coordinates of the pile ball. You can even give them a coordinate, and they have to find the bubble and put a ball of wool on that coordinate.
Why not copy battleship games for older students?
Using simple multiplication and, students need to demonstrate multiplication using arrays by pressing the correct number of bubbles for the provided and.
Students use a pop it in pairs and some small items that can be well placed under the "bubble", such as balls, stones, buttons or beads. A student needs to look at something under pop it, then put it back in place and close his eyes. Another partner removes an item and puts pop it back in place.
The first student needs to figure out which items have been deleted.
(12) Follow the pattern
A student uses pop it in pairs to create a pattern - it may push down a bubble, then two bubbles, then one... And so on. Then another student needs to try to make the "rule" of the pattern and repeat it
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