If you have a toddler I’m sure you’re like me and constantly looking for new, inexpensive, ways to keep them busy! Bonus points if it’s somewhat educational as well. I’m a stay at home mom so I feel like I have even more pressure not just to entertain, but to educate. I’ve been amazed at how long a bag of craft pom poms, two spoons, and a couple buckets have kept my daughter busy. Check out what we did with them below and some other fun pom pom activities as well!
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- 1 bag of craft pom poms
- 2 large serving spoons
- 1 large bucket from our toy organizer
- several small plastic containers, whatever we had around.
**WARNING: Pom Poms can be a choking hazard for young kids. Please supervise them during play, especially if they are prone to putting things in their mouths.
If these activities still seem a bit advanced for your child these dollar store sensory bags are great for younger kids!
How to play:
Dump all your pom poms into a container of some sort. We use a bin from a toy organizer but any large plastic or cloth container will do. Grab a large spoon, one that is a little deeper will be easier for young kids, my daughter is 19 months old at the time of introducing this activity. We used two large metal serving spoons from the kitchen. If you don’t have any to spare check your local dollar store or thrift store for a cheap metal or plastic spoon. Spread your smaller containers around the edge of the large bucket.
You’ll want to sit with your child at first and show them how to use the spoon to scoop the pom poms out of the big bucket and dump them into the smaller buckets. It didn’t take long for my daughter to get the hang of it. She often still wants me to sit and play pom poms with her. Most of these little activities only entertain her for a day or two, but the pom-pom bucket is going on a week of being played with! It’s definitely a big win for us. It’s also great for helping them develop spoon skills and their general fine motor skills, double win for mom!
She also loves throwing the pom poms, which is totally ok since they’re so soft. We also have fun trying to get them to stick in our hair on top of our heads.
Other activities to do with craft pom-poms.
Since the pom-poms are multi-colored you can easily use them for practicing color sorting with older toddlers. I tried with my daughter but she was much more interested in scooping. We do have this fantastic ring puzzle where she has learned to match the colors correctly! She’s had the puzzle since she was about 14 months old.
An easy way to use them for color sorting is to grab a muffin tin from your kitchen. Then each cup can be used for a different pom-pom color.
Pom Pom Drop
Pom poms are the perfect size to fit through toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls. Tape several rolls to your wall, cabinet, whatever flat wall surface you want to use. Use masking tape or painter’s tape that will hold decently but come off easily! Put a pan underneath to catch the pom poms and let them drop them down the shoots. You can put them at different angles as well. For older toddlers, they can color each tube a different color to make it a color sorting activity as well!
Share your pom pom activities in the comments below!