Make a fun game for colour sorting and fine motor skills coordination using rainbow cardboard tubes and coloured pom poms! A great indoor or outdoor activity for toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy again and again.
Here’s the latest in our Toddler Play series, although so many of these ideas are applicable to all ages if the kids and mine have all joined in at various stages with each one!
We painted some long wrapping paper tubes in rainbow colours and left them to dry. When they were ready we stuck them to the inside of a large, under-bed storage box (from Ikea), using sticky tape.
Then we filled the tub with lots of plain and sparkly, colourful pom poms to match the colours of the tubes, and added some large tweezers for easy grabbing.
My eldest was the first to be desperate to play and loved using the tweezers to drop the coordinated colours down the tubes and count them as they piled out of the bottom! Her littlest sister, always keen to copy, came along and played too, even managing to use the tweezers with some control and coordination. I love her little tongue-out-in-concentration face here!
She matched some colours and others she just enjoyed posting and watching the cause and effect of the pom pom entering then leaving the tube, with lots of joy!
This would be very easy to extend for other learning intentions such as counting, matching the correct number of pom poms to the numerals, addition and subtraction. Follow your child’s lead and interests to see how the activity could progress.
What they are learning as they play:
maths: sorting by one criteria, matching, recognising and naming colours
physical: fine motor skills and coordination, using one-handed tools (with two hands initially, then one), dropping and posting, pincer grasp and release
knowledge and understanding: cause and effect
You will probably like this Pom Pom Drop and Shoot Game too!
And this Pom Pom and Egg Carton Colour Sort Game too!