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.
- 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:
I came across this idea on jugglingwithkids.com and thought it would be right up our alley. Sure enough, the kids loved it! I only wish it lasted longer. The whole activity was done in under 10 minutes 😦
Here’s what we did:
- Fill a tall vase with water.
- Pour a small amount of water into a small cup that’s good for pouring.
- Add 3-4 drops of liquid food colouring to the oil. Do not add more than that! Your water will darken fast enough with only 3 or 4 drops. We added 4 drops, one each of purple, pink, blue and green.
- Mix up the oil and food colouring with a fork. Mix it until you have only tiny droplets of food colouring throughout the oil.
- Pour the oil mixture into the vase.
- Watch as the colours fall from the oil down into the water.
As you can see, this activity got the thumbs up, but it was very short lived. On the up side it was also very quick to set up and to clean up.