Pom Pom Sorting has become something we do a lot around here!
Pom Pom Sorting
If you don’t already have a little stash of pom poms, I would highly recommend grabbing some from your local craft store 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 for practicing multiplication facts! By creating arrays using pom poms placed down in the trays, students will be able to visually see their math facts!
2 x 3 =6 or 3 x 2 = 6.
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!
This idea could even be the starting point for a super fun learning center!
Pom Pom Sorting: Holiday Style
The holidays are a perfect time to break out your themed candy molds to do a little festive sorting! For Valentine’s Day, I love these heart molds, and for Christmas, I have Christmas tree molds! These kid-friendly tweezers are perfect for this type of activity! When working with little ones, I love any opportunity to engage their motor skills!
There are so many ways to use pom poms across the curriculum! The sky’s the limit!
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 a variety of small containers…
ice cube trays…
and silicone molds.
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 – as they will especially enjoy dumping the pom poms in and out of the containers!
When working with pre-schoolers, 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.