What to do with this activity?
Pom-poms are lovely soft balls of wool that can brighten up a woolly hat, decorate a Christmas tree, or make a soft ball for playing catch indoors. They are easy to make - you don't need any special equipment - and are a great way to use up wool if you have some left over. To make a pom-pom you need wool, cardboard, a glass or cup to draw a circle around, and a pair of small sharp scissors.
Have a look at these written instructions from Parade, or watch this helpful youtube video from RedTedArt. You can even make a pom-pom using a table fork - video instructions here (also from RedTedArt)!
The more wool you wrap around the cardboard (or fork) the tighter the pom-pom will be. Try using different colours of wool in the pom-pom to make it extra special.
Why am I doing this?
Pretend games help your child to develop their language skills and practise things they have seen and heard. Games and activities that build concentration and thinking skills are great for your child. They build skills such as being able to see patterns, being able to group things together and using numbers. Being able to join in games and working with you or other people on a project, is a life skill used every day and a way many people learn.
How can I do more?
Encourage your child to tell you about games they play – with other children, at school or on the computer. Get them to explain the rules of the game to you. Imaginative play is important too so encourage your child in any creative play they are engaged in.
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