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Easy Activity for Toddlers – Paper Tube Pom Pom Drop

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Are you on the hunt for an easy activity for toddlers? This Paper Tube Pom Pom Drop is one of my favorites! All you will need is just a few simple supplies, and yet there is so much to learn and engage with!

From Color Recognition to Fine Motor Skills and Beyond

There are so many reasons that I love this simple activity for toddlers. While this color sorting activity’s main focus is all about putting the colors where they belong, there is a tremendous amount of fine motor skill strengthening happening here! Plus, older kids can enjoy moving and positioning the paper tubes, a great introduction to physics and engineering!

If you are looking for more ways to combine color recognition and fine motor skills for toddlers, don’t miss our Color Sorting Paper Clip Sticky Wall and Push and Twist the Rainbow Bottle Cap activities!

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Watch the Video to See This Easy Activity for Toddlers in Action!

 

In this video, you’ll see that there are many ways to create this fun and easy toddler activity. Young kids can enjoy watching the cause and effect of dropping the pom poms into the paper tubes and seeing them fall out the other end. As your child picks up a color, say it out loud to reinforce vocabulary and language development.

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Watch the Video to See This Easy Activity for Toddlers in Action!

In this video, you’ll see that there are many ways to create this fun and easy toddler activity. Young kids can enjoy watching the cause and effect of dropping the pom poms into the paper tubes and seeing them fall out the other end. As your child picks up a color, say it out loud to reinforce vocabulary and language development.

All activities should be supervised by an adult. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links.

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How To Make This Easy Activity for Toddlers

The key to making this a color recognition activity, is to make your paper tubes colorful! You can use regular paint or spray paint, which will give you the fastest drying results. Alternatively, you can use colorful tape around a portion of the paper tube to designate it a particular color.

The other important tip in creating this set up is using a strong double sided tape or painters tape to secure the paper tubes to the wall!

With respect to toddlers using pom poms, it is important to keep in mind that objects like pom poms and marbles are small parts and are a choking hazard. Adult supervision is required! Pom poms can be sold in an extra large size which may be preferred for children who are very young and tempted to put them in their mouths.

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Step-by-Step Instructions 

Step 1

Spray paint (or paint) the empty paper tubes. 

Step 2

Once the tubes are dry, take them and add tape to the back and stick them on the wall.

Step 3

Let your little one have fun matching up the pom poms and dropping them in the right color-coded tube. Older kids can enjoy positioning them and exploring angles, gravity, and other early physics concepts!

Step 1

Spray paint (or paint) the empty paper tubes. 

Step 2

Once the tubes are dry, take them and add tape to the back and stick them on the wall.

Step 3

Let your little one have fun matching up the pom poms and dropping them in the right color-coded tube. Older kids can enjoy positioning them and exploring angles, gravity, and other early physics concepts!

Educational Benefits of This Easy Activity for Toddlers, and Beyond

There is so much to learn from this easy activity for toddlers and beyond. I want to reiterate beyond, because even older kids can enjoy using simple materials like these paper tubes and pom poms in a meaningful way!

Color recognition. As mentioned above, this activity is first and foremost a crash course in color recognition! Making the paper tubes colorful allows a child to match the pom poms and drop them through.

Fine Motor Skills. Picking up small objects like pom poms strengthens pincer grasp, an important fine motor skill! Plus, pushing those pom poms through the small hole into the paper tubes works more of those small muscles in the fingers and hands. Strengthening fine motor skills is critical at this young age! Placing the pom poms inside the paper tubes over and over again is also great hand-eye coordination practice!

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Physics. This simple activity for toddlers can also be lots of fun for older kids! By using double sided tape, you can make the pom poms moveable so kids can experiment with angles, speed, velocity, and more! It is a great way to introduce physics, engineering, and problem solving at an early age! 

easy-activity-for-toddlers-pom-pom-paper-tube-engineering-physics

Educational Benefits of This Easy Activity for Toddlers, and Beyond

There is so much to learn from this easy activity for toddlers and beyond. I want to reiterate beyond, because even older kids can enjoy using simple materials like these paper tubes and pom poms in a meaningful way!

Color recognition. As mentioned above, this activity is first and foremost a crash course in color recognition! Making the paper tubes colorful allows a child to match the pom poms and drop them through.

Fine Motor Skills. Picking up small objects like pom poms strengthens pincer grasp, an important fine motor skill! Plus, pushing those pom poms through the small hole into the paper tubes works more of those small muscles in the fingers and hands. Strengthening fine motor skills is critical at this young age! Placing the pom poms inside the paper tubes over and over again is also great hand-eye coordination practice!

Physics. This simple activity for toddlers can also be lots of fun for older kids! By using double sided tape, you can make the pom poms moveable so kids can experiment with angles, speed, velocity, and more! It is a great way to introduce physics, engineering, and problem solving at an early age! 

More Ways to Strengthen Color Recognition Skills

Here are my top picks for toys you can buy that are all about recognizing colors!

Wooden Rainbow Stacker

This wooden rainbow stacker is not only great for color sorting, it is also a fantastic open-ended play toy!

Color Sorting Rainbow

Strengthen fine motor skills while using tongs to color sort this beautifully crafted rainbow! Caution: small parts!

Color Sorting Maze

This wooden board has a magnetic wand and beads that can be sorted based on color! Great for fine motor skills too!

Color Sort the Objects

This game is a great way to learn color recognition while strengthening language development.

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