I never thought pompoms are that versatile! There are a lot of great, fun ideas out there, to entertain a toddler with them! Of course you have to supervise them heavily, especially if you want to give them to a young toddler (under 20 months or so).
Here is something funny. I started out writing this article about pompoms because I saw great uses for them, believing that you only buy them from a craft store. And then I saw tutorials and I thought: Hey, I’ve done this!!! I recalled a long forgotten memory…somewhere in my past, I had made pompoms myself! I must have been somewhat under 10 years or so, and I really did never think about that until now. Isn’t that great?
So, having shared that interesting fact (!), I am going to also share with you some ways of making and using those great pompoms! I’ve got to warn you though! It’s going to be a long post!!!
How to make your own pompoms with your kid
You can buy pompoms, but, as mentioned, you can make your own pompoms as well!!! And if your kids are old enough, they can help with that and have lots of fun! There are few different ways to make them. (Hint: you can use two or more different colour yarns to have multicoloured pompoms). We for one are definitely going to make some in the next days. Here are three suggestions.
Using –a-fork-to-make-small pompoms
Using pompoms for educational purposes for toddlers and small children
Pompoms are best suited for colour learning, size recognition, fine motor skills development and counting. Here are some ideas.
Here is another great idea (click on the image link for more details) for a pompom dropping game. Different sizes of tubes are coloured and tapped to the wall and the fun begins! The trays are for colour sorting (coloured paper taped on the bottom)
Next, an idea for counting. You can give your kid every time a different number-star.
Using pompoms for decorations-fun with your toddler or child
And now the possibilities are endless! There are literately thousands of ideas out there, making trees, using them as stamps, making ornaments, using them as “bows” for gifts or for bookmarks decoration, making wreaths, mobiles or little animals and even Angry Birds… I think you got the idea. Below I have chosen some nice creations to give you a kick-off.