Build a simple pom pom drop to entertain your toddler.
Need a quick and easy toddler activity? Build a simple pom pom drop out of recycled supplies! It’ll keep your toddler happy, busy, and wonderfully entertained. Trust me – it’s the best (and the easiest!).
I’ve seen other simple pom pom drops all over Pinterest and have always dismissed them as too hard a project to set up. WRONG. Wrong wrong wrong on so many level. This was definitely an “easy peasy lemon squeezy” type activity.
Creating a simple pom pom drop is a snap.
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- Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
- Tape (I used electrical tape)
- Pom poms
- Optional: plastic tongs
I decided to set up this pom pom drop on an old board. I figured it would make it a little more mobile and I wouldn’t have to tape it to the wall – not that taping it to the wall wouldn’t totally work. I just didn’t have a good space for it.
Instead, I taped tubes in varying angles and sizes onto our wood. My husband is a convicted wood hoarder so we have plenty of boards like this just lying around (says the woman who hoards toilet paper tubes…).
My toddler, Sam, was really excited about making this project. He wasn’t totally sure what we were building and that kept his interest level up. Once it was ready and the pom pom balls came out, he was psyched.
I set up a few Tupperware containers at the bottom to catch the pom poms and they worked great to keep things all in one space. My vision for this activity was transferring the pom poms to the tubes via plastic tongs. Sam’s vision was not using the tongs and shoving the pom poms into the tubes by the fistful.
Fine with me! It’s his activity and that’s how he wanted to play it. He thought it was a hoot to push as many pom poms as possible into those tubes.
Side note: My 13 month old baby also loved this activity! She sat with me and together we put Matchbox cars through the tubes (she’s a convicted pom pom eater so we needed a different supply to work with). She couldn’t quite navigate dropping the cars on her own so for her, this was a Mommy and Me type activity. But it was great!
This simple pom pom drop was a great activity for our whole family. It actually lasted a while before the tubes started to get pulled off the board. We love easy activities like the simple pom pom drop – they make getting to nap time so much easier!
Have you made a simple pom pom drop for your toddler?
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