The toy is powered by a motor box with batteries mounted eccentrically. Its power switch consists of a knob that starts the motor when pushed in and stops the motor when pulled out. This causes it to vibrate and bounce about, appealing for both infants and elder toy enthusiasts. The core of the Bumble Ball is hard plastic while the knobs are a more rubbery texture.
Since their early popularity in the '90s, the Bumble Ball concept has been used by Fisher-Price. This has led to a series of products more directly aimed toward toddlers such as a Mr. Potato Head-like toy and animal variations. These small versions use a pull-string to activate the vibration rather than a switch as featured on larger models.
As recently as 2006 on Animal Planet, footage of a dog (possibly an Irish Setter) with a Bumble Ball in its mouth has become a running gag where the host Keegan-Michael Key or the announcer would call it a "Jowl Jiggler."
In recent years, a redesigned canine-safe version of the Bumble Ball has been successfully marketed as a dog toy under the name Crazy Pet Bumble Ball, it is sold by Cardinal Laboratories of Azusa, California.