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Pompom Pots!

This fun, simple activity is great for fine motor skills and colour recognition. It is suited to most ages in any size of group..

Follow our simple step-by-step guide to have a go at this activity today:

What you will need:

  • Pompoms of varying sizes and colours. You can find some here.
  • Spoons or scoopers, suitable for small hands to use to scoop the pompoms, such as these.
  • Paper bowls
  • Coloured paint (corresponding to the colours of the pompoms)
  • Paintbrushes
Photo by Eliza Diamond on Unsplash

Preparing the activity:

Depending on the age and ability of your children, you can prepare this in advance or incorporate it into your activity.

  1. Paint each of the bowls a different colour and leave to dry.
  2. Equip each child with a spoon/scooper and a few bowls, containing some of the pompoms.

Doing the activity:

Encourage the children to use the spoon to move the pompoms from one bowl (or “Pompom Pot”) to another. They can sort the pompoms by colour or size (depending on the pompoms you buy).

Enable the children to practice their maths skills by counting how many pompoms of each colour, or overall, they can find.

Using the coloured bowls you could advance the activity by encouraging children to sort the pompoms into bowls that match their colour.

Encourage maths skills by asking the children to select certain numbers of pompoms from their bowl, such as “Can I have three blue pompoms” or “How many green pompoms are there?”.

Tracking the activity:

16-26 months

Communication and Language: Understanding: “Selects familiar objects by name and will go and find objects when asked, or identify objects from a group.”

Mathematics: Numbers: “Beginning to organise and categorise objects, e.g. putting all the teddy bears together or teddies and cars in separate piles.; Says some counting words randomly”

22-36 months

Communication and Language: Understanding: “Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little).”

Physical Development: Moving and Handling: “Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.; May be beginning to show preference for dominant hand.”

Mathematics: Numbers: “Selects a small number of objects from a group when asked, for example, ‘please give me one’, ‘please give me two’.; Recites some number names in sequence.”

30-50 months

Communication and Language: Understanding: “Responds to simple instructions, e.g. to get or put away an object.”

Physical Development: Moving and Handling: “Uses one-handed tools and equipment, e.g. makes snips in paper with child scissors.”

Mathematics: Numbers: “Uses some number names accurately in play.; Recites numbers in order to 10.; Knows that numbers identify how many objects are in a set; Sometimes matches numeral and quantity correctly.”

40-60+ months

Physical Development: Moving and Handling: “Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.; Shows a preference for a dominant hand.”

Mathematics: Numbers: “Recognises numerals 1 to 5.; Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item.; Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10.; Counts out up to six objects from a larger group.”