My toddler is very into counting right now, so I wanted to come up with an activity that would foster her love of counting and enhance her fine motor skills at the same time.
A recycled lunch meat container and some pom-poms were all I needed to make a fun activity that met those needs.
I first cut a hole in the lid and applied duct tape to make sure that the edges wouldn’t cut my daughter since they were kind of sharp.
Then I gave her twenty pom-poms and showed her what to do.
She absolutely loved this activity and kept asking me to take off the lid to get the pom-poms out so she could try it again.
My six year old decided that he needed one, too. However, he made a game out of getting the pom-poms back out through the hole in the lid.
They probably played for at least 20 minutes with this activity, so I would definitely call activity a success.
My two year old even decided that one of her little dolls would fit perfectly in the opening which added to the activity for her.
I love the imagination of my kids.
Pom-poms are lots of fun for kids and are great for counting, color recognition, and fine motor activities like this one.
Sometimes I use them in sensory bins like the simple beans and pom-poms sensory bin I set up for my daughter a few months ago.
Another pom-pom fine motor activity my kids enjoy uses an empty weekly pill container.
My two and six year olds enjoy putting one pom-pom in each spot in the container and then snapping the lids shut.
These activities prove that sometimes the simplest activities can be the most entertaining.