First you'll need to make your magnetic pom-poms. This only took me about 10 minutes. I got my inspiration from here.
- pom-poms - I picked up a pack of 50 sparkly ones from the Target dollar spot, similar to these.
- magnets - Don't cheap out. Buy good ones that are actually going to stick to something magnetic.
- hot glue gun - I used a high temp one. Low temp ones are useless in my opinion, and should only be used by children.
- something magnetic to play on (fridge, cookie sheet, etc.)
- Make letters using letter sheets. There are a TON of them that you can print for free from Making Learning Fun. They have both uppercase and lower case sheets.
- Make freestyle letters. I've already written several posts about why this is an important skill for children, here, here, here and here. Now have your child do it with pom-poms!
- Create freestyle pictures.
|"It's a smiley man with green eyebrows and orange cheeks." ~L|
|"It's a caterpillar with big orange eyes!" ~L|
- Use as a prop for imaginary play.
|The cookie sheet inspired him to make cookies. Here is he placing the dough on the pan.|
- Make freestyle shapes.
|He turned his circle into a flower here.|
- Sort by color, or make some magnetic pom-poms of different sizes to sort by size.
- Keep a letter and number of the week on the side of the refrigerator.
- Spell words.
- Make repeating patterns.
- Make number shapes (like you see on dominos and playing cards).
- Use to represent addition and subtraction problems, or multiplication and division for older kids.
- We could rack our brains all day for more ideas, but the best idea usually comes from the child. Just give him the pom-poms and cookie sheet and ask him what he wants to do with them. Child-led play and learning can often take you in a direction you never even thought of yourself.
|L wanted to make a rainbow on the refrigerator.|
|"Hey! My rainbow kind of looks like a king's hat. Take a picture of me, Momma!" ~L|
|Never forget to stop and smell the roses!|