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This Pom Pom Ornament is a fun way for your toddler to practice their fine motor skills and make their own DIY Christmas Ornament Craft.
Keep reading to see our trick on getting your toddler to focus on the activity at hand. It’s something we’ve done before on our craft stick fine motor activity and almost invisible to see. Can you guess?
Why use pom poms for this ornament craft for toddlers?
First, pom poms are cheap, easy to find and come in all the colors of the rainbows so they are also a great way to practice color recognition. My toddler was naming colors as he was adding the pom poms inside.
Pom poms are also soft and easy for little fingers to grasp. My toddler was adding pom poms to a kitchen whisk as early as 16 months!
Note: if your little one is still putting things in his or her mouth, then definitely skip this activity and move on to another!
As always, use your best judgment and ALWAYS supervise baby and toddler activities.
Can you use something other than pom poms in this ornament fine motor activity?
Although we love the simplicity and colors of pom pom, yes, of course you can add other items. Go for chunky beads, wooden beads, plastic buttons or any non-breakable objects that fit through the ornament hole.
What size ornament ball should I get?
First, find the largest clear ornament you can find that your toddler can still easily grasp. Ours is the size of a small handball!
Also make sure it is plastic and not glass because be certain at one point or another, your toddler will want to fling the ornament ball across the room 🙂
Making the ornament ball as large as possible also ensures larger items can go in, instead of tiny small objects which are always a larger risk for choking.
A clear ornament is also essential because toddlers want to see the results of their hard work!
What is the trick to getting your toddler to focus on this pom pom ornament fine motor activity?
If you look at the start of the video at the bottom of the ornament, we used clear packing tape to tape down the ornament because if you have little ones at home, you’ll know their first instinct is to pick something up and throw it! By taping it down and showing your toddler what to do first, which is inserting the pom poms inside, he or she will grasp the concept very quickly.
Of course it won’t stay on the table forever and your toddler can quickly figure out it’s not permanently taped, but by then they know what they should be doing.
Once my toddler was able to figure out what to do, he was comfortable on the floor finishing the activity as you can tell from the video.
Pom Pom Ornament Fine Motor Skills Toddler Activity – Materials:
Large plastic clear ornament (we got ours at Michael’s Crafts or search Large Plastic Ornaments on Amazon)
Clear packing tape (optional)
- Set up your clear ornament on a flat surface and use packing tape to secure it down so it won’t move.
- Place pom poms all around the ball or in a container and encourage your toddler to fill the ornament ball up.
- Close up the pom pom with the cover and hang it up your Christmas tree!
- Large plastic clear ornament (we got ours at Michael's Crafts or search Large Plastic Ornaments on Amazon)
- Large colorful pom poms
- Clear packing tape (optional)
Set up your clear ornament on a flat surface and use packing tape to secure it down so it won't move.
Place pom poms all around the ball or in a container and encourage your toddler to fill the ornament ball up.
Close up the pom pom with the cover and hang it up your Christmas tree!
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