As humans, we have an innate need to self-soothe. According to Dr. Karlesky of the University of California, Santa Cruz, good fidgets have “two key qualities: a distinct tactile experience and an ease in repeating that stimulation.”

You’re probably familiar with the fidget spinners that took the world by storm a few years ago. Now, bubble poppers are popping up everywhere! With such a variety of fidget toys readily available, it’s easy to wonder how the fidget fad began.