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

J in the animal building phase

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.

J cooking with the Pom Pom's

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”.

Fun Factor

This may have been an impromptu activity with no planning or reasoning behind it but when it’s been asked for as soon as RDD comes home then it’s got to be a good one.

Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

3 Comments

  1. What a great way for him to have fun. I am glad it sparked his imagination. I love when they play and you can see their mind working and thinking.

    Thanks for sharing at Monday Madness. Hope to see you back again tomorrow.

  2. So cute, love the imagination in this. Glad you found something to keep him busy while you fed T. Sometimes my girls will play with their colored blocks in a similar way – pretending different colors are different foods and such.

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