Playing with pompoms in preschool

We have a basket filled with colorful pompoms for the children to play with in the classroom…

Each child grabs a supply of pompoms to begin with and places the pompoms on their own tray. The trays help the children define their personal space and they help to keep the pompoms from rolling all over the floor…

The play is very open ended. We rotate cups, spoons, clothespins, bowls, and other items to give the children ways to manipulate the pompoms…

It seems that the children like to use their hands more than anything else to scoop up the pompoms. Perhaps it is because the pompoms feel soft or they just like the challenge of holding as many pompoms as they can at one time…

I find it interesting just to watch the children as they play. There is really no real objective to their play – it is all just exploration that leads them to using their imagination, their senses, and their hands. The children often pass pompoms back and forth to each other as well. Some children will play with this for a long period of time and others like to try it out for a few minutes then move on to something else.

You can also make these cute pompom finger puppets from Crunchy and Green!

See these home-made magnetic pompoms from Home Grown Hearts!

Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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