This has got to be the most simple activity ever!
Seriously, folks, it doesn’t get any easier than this. And there are so many variations to this screen free activity that is only limited by your imagination. So just cut it loose and let it run wild!
Here is what you need:
A margarine/ice cream tub and lid
Various sized pom-poms
With your scissors, carefully cut various sized holes in the lid.
(That’s all the prep you need. See? I told you this was easy!)
Now, grab the pom-poms and show your child how the different sizes fit in the accompanying holes.
With my son, we discussed the concepts of small, medium and large. He knew small and large already, but the “medium” was a little newer to him still.
You can do so many variations with this!
Grab a cake pan, spoons, ice cream scoops, soup ladles, and bowls and let them scoop and pour them.
You can even use cotton balls – and make it “snow”.
You can also mix toys in….like dump trucks to move the pom poms around, Lego people, and plastic animals and make it a “treasure hunt”.
Here is why this is a great sensory activity.
1. Sensory activities are good in general because it helps children become more in tune with their sense of touch.
2. It teaches the concept of size
3. It helps build small motor skills as the child maneuvers the various sized pom poms into the appropriate holes
4. It teaches color
5. It helps build imagination as you incorporate other toys into the activity.
This post is day 10 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.
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