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Pom Pom Sort

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Pom Pom Sort

This is a simple activity that’s very important for children to develop their grasping skills. A child ought to learn and bring into practice the correct form and pattern of grasping a pencil for their future. This needs to be cultivated in the child right from the beginning stage. It could be anything right from picking up big objects like a teddy bear to picking up a tiny object such as a seed. We need to strengthen the hand muscles of a child, which this activity assists the child to do. 


  • Colourful pom-poms
  • Empty box/container with lid (add holes to the lid to fit pom pom when pushed through) 

What to Do: 

  • Take the empty tin/box and make holes in it just wide enough for the pom-poms to enter.
  • Now place the pom-poms in a tray and give it to the children.

  • Simply observe what they do.
  • Children will take the pom-poms and push it through the holes. 

Hints and Tips

  • Make a note of how they pick the pom-poms, the kind of grasping skills they use.
  • You can give something like a shape sorting lid and observe how the child puts the pom-pom through the correct shape. Some may even guess and put into the correct shape.
  • You can use child friendly tongs/spoons also for this activity.
  • Ask the children to put in the pom-poms and then shake and listen to the sounds they make.
  • You can use cotton balls instead of pom-poms.
    While you use colourful pom-poms you could ask the children to pick a particular colour and put it in thus improving their recognition on colours.


Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 2 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play, Toy Table
  • Games Categories: Fine Motor Skills, Manipulation Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 3
  • Sub Outcomes:

    3.2 - Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.

Created On February 18, 2023 Last modified on Saturday, February 18, 2023
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