Pom Pom Activities for Toddlers

Pom poms are very versatile little toys! They’re easy to find and come in tons of colors. I’ve compiled a list of pom pom activities for toddlers you can do at home and what skills you address with them. This is a post about activities for toddlers but stay tuned for the older kiddos!

pom pom activities for toddlers. Ways to keep their little hands busy! Toddlers can be movers and shakers, but often times fine motor skills will slow them down and tire them out. A lot of people don't know this! Check out this post on 10 different pom pom activities for toddlers.

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Pom poms – you may have heard of them but you might not know what they are. They are small cotton balls of different colors and sizes. You can use them for arts and crafts, learning activities, reward systems, etc. This post is going to give you some ideas for those learning activities.

My kids love playing with pom poms. I have a small basket of them in our living room just sitting on the bookcase and they will just grab them whenever the mood strikes. It keeps them busy and quiet so I’m okay with it. It also takes a tiny bit of extra time to clean up which is also awesome because it keeps them busy a little bit longer.

Pom Pom Activities For Toddlers

  • Pom Pom drop: This requires holding onto some paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Tape them to the wall with painters tape and have your baby drop them down the tubes. Have an older kid who wants to play? Color the tubes and have them match colors, give them a dice and have them drop the number of pom poms that comes up in their roll.
    • Fine motor
    • Hand eye coordination
    • Cooperative play
  • Pom Pom painting: Attach pom poms to clothespins and let them dip into paint and then onto paper.
    • Fine motor
    • Sensory
    • Learning colors
  • Pom Pom sorting: Using bowls, muffin tins, etc, designate a color to each section and have your toddler drop the pom poms into the appropriate sections. As a bonus challenge, give them a tool to use like tongs, tweezers, etc. You can find a great list of tools here.
    • Fine motor
    • Colors
    • Math (sorting)
  • Pom Pom maze: Create a maze with painters tape on the floor. Give your toddler a straw and have them blow a pom pom through the maze.
    • Oral motor (helps with speech and feeding)
    • Math/relationships/problem solving
    • Cooperative play
  • Pom Pom push: Take an empty plastic wipes container and give your toddler the pom poms. Have them push the pom poms into the container through the hole. You could also take an old tupperware or plastic food container and cut holes out of the top and have them press them in as well.
    • Fine motor
    • Colors (talk about each color)
    • Numbers (count as you push them in.)
  • Magnetic pom poms: Attach small magnets on the back of some pom poms and stick them to the fridge! Let your toddler explore them on their own. This is a great activity if you have an especially clingy toddler and need to get some cooking done.
    • Fine motor
    • Colors
    • Numbers
    • Independent play
  • Frozen pom poms: This activity requires some setting up. Drop pom poms into an ice cube tray and fill with water. Freeze until solid and let your toddler explore the properties of ice and water.
    • Fine motor
    • Science (ice/water)
    • Colors/numbers
  • Mega Blocks and pom poms: Do you have Mega Blocks at home? Flip them over! They make great little sorters!
    • Fine motor
    • Colors
    • Math/relationships (sorting)
  • Pom Pom sensory bin: Use the pom poms as sensory bin fillers.  Add in anything you’d like to work on with your kids – colors, numbers, shapes, etc.
    • Sensory play
    • Colors/numbers/shapes
    • Independent play
  • Sticky pom pom play: Tape a large piece of contact paper (sticky side out) to a window or glass door. Have your toddler experience the sticky feeling and the ability to add them to it.
    • Fine motor
    • Science (trial and error)
    • Independent play

As always, if you do one or all of these activities, tag me on Instagram (@mostlyundercontrol) so I can see it in action!

Scissor Skills

Working on scissor skills does so much more than just plain scissor skills – if that makes sense. It helps strengthen fine motor skills which in turns help with shoe tying, writing, drawing, etc. I know it seems scary to allow a child to have a pair of scissors and a piece of paper, but I’m here to help you see that it really isn’t!

Free scissor skill printable! Did you know how many things you're working on when you're working on scissor skills at home? It helps kids strengthen their fine motor skills, hand eye coordination - so much more! Check out this post for a free scissor skill printable for kids ages 2-5.

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Sensory Bin Fillers

Sensory play is one of our favorite activities around here. Sensory bins are right up there as something we do frequently. My oldest is often thinking of his own sensory bin fillers, so we made a quick list for you to check out for yourself.

Huge list of sensory bin filler ideas

 

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Now that you know all about sensory play (ha!), let’s dive right into the best part of it all – getting creative and choosing a filler item, or base. Before you get into it, I have to remind you to BE SMART. Don’t give a baby a bucket of marbles. Be very mindful of choking and don’t leave kiddos unattended. One of my favorite tips for babies is take your sensory bin items and put them into a double bagged ziploc bag and tape off to seal. Or you can put it into a water bottle and hot glue it shut.

Admittedly, I didn’t do a lot of activities at home with my second child when she was a baby. My first was in preschool starting at 7 weeks old so they did lots of stuff with him. Sensory play is one of the easiest things to do with babies. They learn how to make movements on their own which translates to so many other skills to help enforce then even more skills.

Without further ado, here is your list. Obviously for the older kiddos, you can use any filler from a younger age.

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Sensory Bin Fillers

  • Ages 0-1
    • Shredded paper
    • Water
    • Feathers
    • Cut up sponges
    • Cotton balls
    • Baby cereal
  • Ages 1-2
    • Dry pasta
    • Dry beans (these are NOT consumable!)
    • Uncooked rice
    • Large pebbles/rocks
    • Pom poms
    • Cooked spaghetti noodles
    • Fake leaves
    • Oatmeal
    • Cut up plastic straws
    • Sand
    • Fake flowers
  • Ages 2-3
    • Fish tank pebbles
    • Shaving cream
    • Dry cereal
    • Foam cubes
    • Soapy water
    • Tissue paper
    • Plastic grass
  • Ages 3-4
  • Ages 4 and up
    • Glass floral gems
    • Water beads
    • Marbles
    • Bird seed
    • Jelly beans

Have you worked with any of these? Head over to Instagram and tag me in your story or feed! @mostlyundercontrol

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Sensory Bin Tools to Keep on Hand

Ah, sensory play! Most people don’t realize how easy it really is, especially if you keep a handful of sensory bin tools on hand. Here is a great list of sensory bin tools that are easily accessible (you probably have most of them already) and can work in many different types of sensory bins for many different ages.

the best sensory bin tools to keep on hand for sensory play

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Toddler I-Spy Bag

If you are looking for a simple activity to help a toddler with colors, shapes, fine motor and pretend writing, this is the activity for you! It takes only a few supplies and is ready super quick. The best part is if you have an older sibling, they can play with it, too!

toddler i-spy bag plus ways to include the older sibling for some cooperative play

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Sensory Play

As a past teacher and now a mom, I understand the importance of sensory play. Some kiddos learn best by being hands on, and incorporating sensory play is a great way to allow them to do just that – learn hands on. If you’re wondering about the importance of sensory play, read on and learn!

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