Pom poms are a fabulous classroom tool. They can be used for decorating, crafts, developing fine-motor skills and teaching early literacy and numeracy concepts. Here is a collection of some great uses for pom poms in the classroom.
Tissue Paper Pom Poms
These can be found in craft, party or discount stores and come in a fantastic range of colours. They are perfect for brightening up any classroom and are often uses for reading corners.
Dr Seuss Truffula Trees
Last year I did a Dr Seuss classroom theme. I made truffula trees out of paper pom poms and some artificial bamboo. I made the stems look stripy by wrapping blue duct tape around the bamboo sticks.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
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White Clouds – Rainbow Garland
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Craft Pom Poms
These can be found in craft or discount stores and can be used in a variety of ways. They come in so many different colours and children often love the glitter pom poms.
Alphabet Pom Pom Mats
A full set of alphabet pom pom mats is available for free from Fab n Free.
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Free Pom Pom Mats – Colours, Shapes and Numbers
I came across this great range of free pom pom mats at Superior Therapy Connections. Look for the heading “Fine Motor and Perceptual Pages”. These mats cover concepts such as colours, shapes and numbers. Children can use their fingers, mini tongs, tweezers or chopsticks. I found the mini tongs and chopsticks shown below at a kitchen shop. The tweezers I found at an education supply store in the science section.
DIY Dry Erase Markers
Gluing a pom pom on the end of your whiteboard markers makes a great eraser.
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I love these Caterpillar Pattern Boards available for $3 on TPT.
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When creating an Italian Restaurant home corner I discovered large red pom poms make perfect meatballs and thick white wool is ideal for pretend spaghetti. Pom poms also make excellent ice-creams!
There is a great example of a dramatic play ice-cream shop in action at Learning 4 Kids.
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Pom Pom Craft
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I hope you’ve found some of these ideas and links useful. Happy teaching! :)