Tuesday, September 4, 2012
6 Creative Ways to Keep Kids Busy Using Colored Poms
One of the best things I ever bought was a bag of colored Poms. I had no idea what colored Poms were before I had kids, but now I just love them. If we are ever in a bind for something to do, I know we can always get out the colored Poms and invent a game. So, if you're looking for something to do with your kids and you want to use stuff you already have around the house, here are some ideas:
Sensory bowl: Seriously. Just put them in a bowl and see what your kids do with them. They will probably start making soup or throwing them up the air. You'd be surprised what kids can come up with. Child expert Susan Case says giving kids opportunity to use their imagination and create their own fun is one of the most important things we can do for our kids. I remember one rainy afternoon my kids spent 48 minutes playing happily with Poms, 2 kitchen pans, and 2 spoons. I know because I timed it. Just out of curiosity. I'm weird.
Sorting: Give your kids several bowls and show them where to put the yellows, the greens, the blues, etc. Did you know that when kids sort objects, they are actually practicing early math skills? I didn't know that either, but according to child expert Susan Case,
"When children sort and pattern, they actually learn mathematical skills. Children begin sorting things at an early age. In fact, according to some researchers, young children spend over 40 percent of their time sorting objects into sets, counting objects, or exploring patterns and forms."
Play "Hide the Blueberries": Kids need exercise. What better way to do that than a modified Easter Egg Hunt? Put your kid in one room and tell them to count to 10 or 20 or whatever they are capable or doing. Then you go in the other room and throw the Poms all around, under chairs, in the corner, etc., but make sure to make it easy for them to find or they will get frustrated. Then they can take their bucket around and search for all the "blueberries"! They get the exercise and they also have to practice delayed gratification while they have to wait for you to be finished hiding everything.
The Counting Jar: Use any old jar and put all the Poms inside. Glass jars are preferable because the colors look vibrant and appealing from outside. Then simply ask your child to pull out the Poms and help them count as they go. Your child will likely automatically sort them into her own piles, and again, this reinforces the skills she will need to learn math later in life.
Make a Rainbow: Draw a simple rainbow pattern and show your child which colors go where. Then she can fill in the rest!
Use Tongs to Sort: For some reason, kids love this game. If you are doing this with your Preschooler, make sure to put the Poms on the left side so they have to go from left to right. It is good for them to get in this habit since all reading and writing goes from left to right. Just give them a cookie pan or something to empty the Poms into. This is great for fine motor and muscle strength and even toddlers can enjoy this game!
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