Chasing bubbles is one of the best childhood summer pastimes around, providing both active play and supreme affordability when compared to a Nintendo Switch. But someone (read: some dad) has got to do the blowing, which is why the Wubble Bubble may well be the perfect toy. It’s a ball that looks and acts like a bubble, but only needs to be blown (up) once. Consider it this generation’s Happy Fun Ball.
The Wubble Bubble is made of “super-thermo-stretchtacular stuff,” which is playful marketing speak for synthetic rubber. Inside its packaging is a pump, which inflates the ball up to 36-inches in diameter. At this pressure level, the material stretches thin and taught, giving off the appearance of a giant bubble or balloon — except, of course, that it bounces and can be kicked, jumped on, and/or catapult off with little risk of explosion. While not totally impervious to holes ⏤ it can be popped if you stick it with a screwdriver or a tree branch ⏤ it includes a repair kit for quick and easy patching before being returned to service.
There are five types of Wubble Bubble: the Super, which is extra strong and comes in a variety of colors; the Brite, which lights up; the Water, a refillable handheld water balloon; the Tiny, which is self-explanatory; and the WubbleX ⏤ an anti-gravity ball that comes with multiple cans of helium.
Admittedly, the FAQ on the Wubble Bubble website ⏤ which has the feel of an “As Seen on TV” infomercial, mind you ⏤ does read a bit like the disclaimer for the aforementioned Happy Fun Ball. But don’t worry, they’re safe. And they don’t contain any PVC, Latex, BPAs, or phthalates, so there’s that too.
Wubble Bubbles are currently sold in all the big-box stores and online and start at around $15. Whether or not they’ll be the toy sensation that’s sweeping the nation this holiday season, however, is still up in the air ⏤ floating, like a bubble, of course.
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