Pompoms for Preschoolers

Here is a really simple and fun learning activity for preschoolers.  It doesn’t take much to set up or to clean up at the end.
Materials

  • Pompoms in a variety of colours and sizes
  • Muffin tin
  • Large tweezers (I got mine from a board game called Avalanche, which is also a really fun game for preschoolers)

What to do

Dump the pompoms out and have your preschooler sort them into different cavities in your muffin tin based on colour and/or size.  Show them how to pick up the pompoms using the tweezers.  This way they are developing fine motor skills AND pre-math skills (see what I did there?).  This is one of those activities that I showed to my daughter once, then left the bag of pompoms in her toy bin.  Now she brings them out to me and asks to set up the muffin tin for her.

This is what happens when her hands get tired:

 

Button Snakes

button-pipe cleaner snakes

The site that I got this from used this as a craft, but we used it just as an activity.  I had a big jar of buttons that I had left over from a craft that I did years ago (really cute button leg Santa decorations),  so when I saw this activity on Pinterest, I knew I already had everything we needed.  My two year old couldn’t do this yet, but it has kept my 4 year old occupied for quite a while.  There’s really not much in the way of instructions.  I just looped around the end of the pipe cleaner to keep the first button from sliding off.  Then I jut let him string on as many buttons as he wanted.  A fun fine motor skills activity that easy to set up and easy to put away!