Pom Pom Sorting Activities have become something we do a lot around here!
If you don’t already have a little stash of pom poms, I would highly recommend grabbing some from your local craft store, a nearby dollar spot, or here on Amazon.
Grabbing an assorted batch (various colors/sizes) will be the perfect way to get started! Next you’re going to want to gather various containers that can be used for sorting!
Pom Pom Sorting: Math
Silicone ice cube trays are perfect to use for simple counting practice, pattern-making, hands-on addition and subtraction, or for exploring multiplication and division facts! By creating arrays using pom poms placed down in the trays, students will be able to visually see their math facts! You can also use the poms to interact with fractional parts of a group. What fraction of the poms are red? What fraction of the poms are purple?
Pom Pom Sorting: Social Studies/Geography
Want to give students some fun geography practice? This seven continents mold (and a handful of pom poms) is all you need. As you ask your student to identify each continent, they will drop a pom pom down in the corresponding spot!
Pom Pom Sorting: Holiday Style
The holidays are a perfect time to break out your themed candy molds to do a little festive sorting!
There are so many ways to use pom poms in your at-home learning.
The sky’s the limit! Place the orange pom down in the letter B. Place a pom down inside the first letter in the word frog. Are these ideas helping you brainstorm?
Pom Pom Sorting: Resources
In an effort to contain the pom poms, I use Melissa & Doug trays that have come with various M & D wooden toys that we have purchased…
…but you could use any type of tray! This simply helps to make things a little easier on Mama – if you know what I’m sayin’…
For sorting, I love to use:
- small plastic cups/containers
- ice cube trays
- silicone molds/trays
Pom Pom Sorting is the perfect quiet-time activity for toddlers! It is a great opportunity to discuss colors, textures (soft vs. hard), the concept of in & out…
…and they will especially enjoy dumping, scooping, pouring the pom poms in and out of the containers!
When working with preschoolers, not only can you use it as a chance to review color names, but you can also chat about the various sizes off pom poms (big/bigger/biggest, etc.) as well as experiment with creating patterns or exploring basic addition/subtraction scenarios.
Fine Motor Tools also add another great opportunity for learning and growing.
These kid-friendly tweezers are perfect for this type of activity!
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