The 10 Best Busy Ball Poppers

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in July of 2015. Once babies become mobile, it can be difficult to keep them entertained. A busy ball popper can hold a child's attention, thanks to bright colors and lots of movement, and encourages tots to chase balls, helping to develop motor skills, hand:eye coordination, and cognitive development. We've included a wide variety of options to suit children of various ages and parental preferences. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Playskool Chase n Go

2. Vtech Pop and Surprise Center

3. Playskool Explore'n Grow

Editor's Notes

June 25, 2020:

For this update we needed to remove discontinued items My Little Pony Pinkie Pie and Leap Frog Peak-A-Shoe. We added the Vtech Pop and Surprise Center as a top choice because there are so many ways to manipulate the balls. There's no continuous popping action, but kids can choose how often they pop the balls off the see saw and onto the slides.

We also considered the Vtech Push and Pop, but didn't include it because of multiple reports of babies getting their hands stuck inside where the balls pop out.

So instead we added the nostalgic Fisher-Price Corn Popper. It doesn't take any batteries, and this simple popping action has been encouraging toddlers to take more steps for decades.

We chose the Playskool Chase n Go as the top selection because it gives parents choices about where the balls go and thus how much or little their child will be moving about the room. If they want to encourage them to stay put a few minutes, they can choose the continuous mode which keeps balls cycling through the unit, or parents who want to motivate a baby to develop crawling skills can choose to have this unit shoot balls around the room.

4. Fisher-Price Corn Popper

5. Bright Starts Roll & Pop

6. Fisher-Price Double Dino

7. Tomy Pic N' Pop

8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

9. Hog Wild Dino

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10. Playskool Elefun


Tina Morna Freitas
Last updated on June 27, 2020 by Tina Morna Freitas

Tina Morna Freitas is a writer who lives in Chicago with her family and three cats. She has a B.A. in anthropology with a minor in English, and has built a freelance career over the years in writing and digital marketing. Her passions for cooking, decorating and home improvement contribute to her extensive knowledge of all things kitchen and home goods. In addition, her 20 years as a parent inform her expertise in the endless stream of toys and equipment that inevitably takes over the homes of most parents. She also enjoys gardening, making and sipping margaritas, and aspires to be a crazy cat lady once all the children are grown.


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