Do you have busy toddler? Try making a pom pom pushing toy.
This idea was just plain magical.
Every now and then, I help out Future Me and save something that might be useful. Past Self and Future Me don’t always get along or set each other up for success so it’s a nice change of pace when this happens.
At some point in my past life, I saved a Parmesan cheese container and left it all cleaned & ready for the future.
I’m not sure when it clicked but it did one day. And I knew exactly what to do with that silly little container.
I ran to grab the pom pom balls.
The top of the Parmesan container is full of holes – one large slot, three medium holes, and a few really small ones where the lid attaches to the top.
I started by removing the lid from the container which took nothing more than a little elbow grease and a hard tug.
I had the most perfect little container for shoving stuff into.
Nothing is better than a “shoving” activity.
Call me crazy but I know for a fact that my kids love “shoving” and “dropping” and “pushing” activities.
They love pushing playing cards into an oatmeal container.
They love shoving pom pom balls into a Christmas tree box.
Where did I get those pom poms from?
Amazon, of course!
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- Pom pom balls
- Parmesan cheese container
- PS: the cute tray we used is actually from this Melissa and Doug toy
I knew this pom pom pushing toy would be perfect.
I set the Parmesan cheese container on a tray along with a giant handful of pom pom balls.
I put this on a tray to help keep things somewhat tidy.
I always like to define the learning space like this – makes things seem more “official”.
Thank goodness I saved this container!
I’m not kidding that my toddler (27 months) did this activity for 30 minutes.
And that was just the first round.
He went back to this over and over for a week.
Not too bad for some recycling and a few pom poms…
A quick note about pom poms
Remember that pom pom balls are not taste safe and are a choking hazard.
Use good judgement when deciding if your child is ready for pom poms.
Always supervise this (and every) activity.
Save your containers – make a pom pom pushing toy!
Trust me on this – do Future You a favor and try this activity.
Even my 5 year old had to play a round with it!
The pom pom pushing toy: forever showing that great toddler activities do not have to be a giant production.
When will you make a pom pom pushing toy?