Oh Em Gee. You can make frozen pom pom balls. CAN YOU EVEN?!
Friends – this is wicked cool. Making frozen pom pom balls is literally the coolest summer activity. You’ve got to try this ASAP.
FULL CREDIT: I learned to make frozen pom pom balls from my friend Lycie at Simply Play Today.
Ok, this is mind blowing information
- You can freeze pom pom balls.
- You can REUSE the pom pom balls (the water and the freezing doesn’t ruin them).
I feel like I’ve had a long love affair with pom pom balls in my tenure of activities and this is information I wish I’d had years ago.
But at least I know it now and I can share it with you.
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- Pom pom balls
- Ice cube trays
- Various sensory supplies (bins, cups, containers, etc)
THIS WAS SO EASY.
I put two pom pom balls into each slot of the ice cube tray, added water and froze them. THAT’S IT. Seriously, it’s nothing fancy in the set up. It’s so easy.
Pop these frozen pom pom balls into the freezer for later…
The next time you have a free second (I know, I know) make these up as a gift for Future You.
Future Susie thought to make these one day and a week later, the morning had gone belly up and we needed some help with our outside play.
So I grabbed the frozen pom pom balls, thanked Past Susie for the win, and set up this activity in a hot second.
There’s no rules here – just open up the free play for the kids
I didn’t tell my kids how to play with the frozen pom pom balls. Instead, I gave them some cups, containers, warm water, and pipettes – and let the kids decide what to do.
They shook the pom poms in containers, make “potions,” melted them with water… it was imaginary + STEM play and it was FANTASTIC.
Here’s how to dry the pom pom balls:
First, using a colander, I smoosh out the pom pom balls with my hand, squeeze, and push out the extra water.
Then I put them into a pillow case and tied the end with the rubber band. TRUST ME: do not for get the rubber band. It’s happened here…
The pillow case full of pom poms goes into the dryer. Those poms take their drying time, but they come out relatively clean.
Frozen pom pom balls for the WIN.
I can’t believe I didn’t try this years ago or realize we could have always been doing this activity. What a perfect way to play this summer – an unexpected little bit of frozen joy.
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