Whether you bite your nails or twirl your hair, fiddling is an all too familiar impulse to distract from our inner monologue. The polarizing fidget spinner tapped into that idea, showing that both kids and adults alike enjoy tangible toys to transfer their energy. Now, there is a new it-toy to remedy restlessness, delivering knuckle-cracking sounds in soft, silicone molds, push pop fidget toys help soothe stress and anxiety one pop at a time.

The Good Housekeeping Institute Little Lab regularly tests the latest and greatest when it comes to the best toys for kids. Our Lab experts road tested pop fidget toys from best-selling brands firsthand to find the top ones based on reviews and fun factor. Here are the best pop fidget toys of 2021:

What is a pop fidget toy?

Pop fidget toys come in a variety of shapes and sizes but most typically as circular silicone molds that are both low maintenance to clean, easy to carry and are satisfyingly fun. They offer a mindless activity that helps reduce anxiety in a similar way to other fidget toys, says toy expert, Amanda Gummer, Ph.D. “Children with autism find the repetitive action reassuring and calming,” she adds. “They can be a great way for any child to calm down or get rid of those wriggles.”

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A fascination for fidget toys certainly spun into the mainstream in recent years, but people have long used sensory gadgets to help children with attention-deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism concentrate. Some occupational therapists use pop fidget toys for kids with sensory needs who seek input on their fingers to transition into a calm, alert state.

Rigel Lagumbay, OTRL, an occupational therapist in New York, gives her pediatric patients pop fidget toys to increase their attention span and focus for activities. “I use them as a pre-activity before I give my patients their assigned tasks,” she says. But these fun toys aren’t just for kids who are nervous or have high anxiety levels: “Anyone (kids and adults alike) can use pop fidget toys as a stress reliever.”

What is the most popular pop fidget toy?

As the first to claim the original pop fidget toy title, Chuckle & Roar’s Pop It! landed in our top recommended fidget toys that soothe anxiety. Its popularity has encouraged a bout of iterations from other brands. Though you can’t go wrong with most, ideally, Gunner recommends buying from a reputable company or finding one with a toy safety symbol such as the Kitemark or the Lion Mark, which ensures each toy meets high quality and safety standards.

1

BEST OVERALL POP FIDGET TOY

Pop It! Fidget Toy and Sensory Game

CHUCKLE & ROAR

CHUCKLE & ROAR

  • Easy to clean
  • Compact and reliable design

2

BEST VALUE POP FIDGET TOY

Two-Pack Pop Fidget Sensory Toy

FPXNB

FPXNB

NOW 15% OFF

  • Budget-friendly
  • Colorful design

This pack includes a classic circular shape and a square design at the price of one fidget toy. Use either as a coaster, fetch toy and beyond, then toss both inside the dishwasher for an easy clean.

3

BEST POP FIDGET TOY SET

Rainbow Fidget Toy Pack

FESCUTY

FESCUTY

  • Easy to share amongst kids
  • Bargain-priced

From a dinosaur to a heart, this colorful set of four ensures you’ll never have to go without. Rothman says she owns about 100 of these fidget toys and it keeps her kids occupied on the bus to summer camp.

4

BEST POP FIDGET TOY FOR TRAVELING

Simpl Dimpl

FAT BRAIN TOYS

FAT BRAIN TOYS

  • Discreet use
  • Ergonomic grip

Ease stress on the go. This miniature grid makes a great road trip companion or a backpack accessory for constantly fidgety hands.

5

BEST POP FIDGET TOY FOR ADULTS

Glow In The Dark Bubble Sensory Toy

LEBEMPEL

LEBEMPEL

  • Big popping noise
  • Relieves tension

When slumber isn’t immediate at bedtime, this fluorescent fidget toy may be helpful. It emits dim, soothing glow in the darkness.

6

BEST POP FIDGET TOY GAME

Jumbo Push Pop Fidget Toy

ANATYU

ANATYU

NOW 16% OFF

  • Sturdy mold
  • Multiple people can enjoy

7

BEST POP FIDGET TOY FOR ANXIETY

Unicorn and Pineapple Fidget Toy Pack

LASMEX

LASMEX

NOW 42% OFF

  • Reduces stress
  • Soft to the touch

This vibrant duo is bound to be a hit at sleepover parties as kids will love toying with its quirky shapes. Lagumbay favors this brand for its satisfying popping noises. 

8

BEST POP FIDGET TOY BRACELET

Rotatable Stress Relief Fidget Bracelet Pack

OHZIY

OHZIY

  • Adjustable band
  • Portable

Stress relief rests at arm’s length thanks to this pop fidget wristband. Unlike other sensory toys, this accessory adds a small windmill center that spins.

9

BEST POP FIDGET TOY FOR GIFTING

Baby Yoda Fidget Toy

LAVONE

LAVONE

  • Flexible, but firm mold
  • Durable

This mold offers the same satisfying pops as other fidget toys but in the shape of a much-adored Disney character. Toss it in a goodie bag or use it as a stocking stuffer!

10

BEST DURABLE POP FIDGET TOY

Super Pop Controller Fidget Toy

SUPER POP

CLAIRE’S

  • Easy to grip
  • Unique design

Trade out your kid’s electronics for this gamer-esque design. It easily pops back into shape and offers different popping placements, perfect for keeping busy.

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