Today I started to stock up for our Christmas crafts and activities and brought some Pom Pom's (although they were forever be called POFF POFFs in this house thanks to J today). The bag of them caused a major tantrum which I couldn't work out what it was about - so I gave him the bag of Pom Pom's and watched him play.
What you need
A bag of different Pom Poms
Selections of different equipment that you include in play
How the fun happens
This was completely child led - J started it with the tantrum wanting the Pom Pom's so I strapped him in the booster seat at the table whilst I finished giving T her lunch and watched what happened.
First J built little animals with them - a slug, caterpillar, dog and then he replicated the characters from his favourite TV show Animal Mechanicals, after that the Pom Pom's became aliens.
I then put a box of "cooking" stuff on the table and he then started to cook with the Pom Pom's. The green balls were perfect as peas but all the other Pom Pom's became different vegetables and food. He mixed and stirred them as well as served them onto plates.
We also counted with the Pom Pom's and sorted them into size and colour groups. I think I will have to buy another bag of them as when Rainy Day Dad arrived home he was told they were going to play with the "Poff Poffs".