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!

By |2010-11-13T06:00:23+00:00November 13th, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Scott November 13, 2010 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Pompoms are great in a preschool classroom. One other thing we’ve done is add a small piece of magnet tape to pompoms. Then kids can use them to make designs on a magnet board. We’ve done free play with them. And we’ve added drawn lines to the board to put the pompoms on. Just a variation that kids seem to enjoy, too.

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 13, 2010 at 11:11 am - Reply

      I forgot about that idea Scott – I am going to make some of those this weekend for the children to try out!! Awesome idea!!

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