Toddler Activity: Invitation to Play with Pom Poms and a Mirror

Today as I was picking up the house, I came across some items that turned out to be such a fun toddler activity! I decided to arrange them into an invitation to play for Theo! (We also have other invitations to play and invitations to create on Buggy and Buddy to inspire you!)

 Toddler Activity: Invitation to play with pom poms and a mirror

Toddler Activity: Invitation to Play with Poms Poms and a Mirror

Materials

I was picking up the pom poms the kids and I had used yesterday for crafting when I remembered how much Theo, my 2 year old, had enjoyed playing with them. They would be perfect for an invitation to play! I grabbed some tweezers from our little science box and added those to the little wooden box of pom poms.

Then I started looking around for a good surface for Theo to play on. How about that mirror in our family room I’ve been walking around… and over… and tripping on for the last couple months? Perfect! (So, yes, the mirror we used in our feelings center a few months back is still cluttering our family room. I like to tell myself I’ve left it out so the kids can use it to play, but really it’s been pure laziness on my part.) And the last item I added to the invitation was a cardboard tube from a wrapping paper roll. 

I set out all the materials on the ground where Theo could easily access everything. 

Toddler Activity: Invitation to play with pom poms and a mirror

How He Played with the Invitation

Theo started out by picking up the “balls” (which is what he calls the pom poms) one-by-one using the tweezers and dropping them onto the mirror. Sometimes we’d say the colors of each “ball” as he was doing this. 

Toddler Activity: Invitation to play with pom poms and a mirror

Once he had a good number of pom poms  on the mirror he liked pushing them around with the tweezers and watching in the mirror. 

Toddler Activity: Invitation to play with pom poms and a mirror

Then he became interested in the cardboard tube from our wrapping paper roll. First he tried putting the pom poms into the tube while it was on the ground horizontally, but then he realized the pom poms wouldn’t come out unless he lifted one end of the cardboard tube up at an angle. He was very content dropping balls down the tube for quite a while!

Toddler Activity: Invitation to play with pom poms and a mirror

Eventually a little wooden cat ended up joining in the fun. Theo slid him down the tube numerous times while he yelled, “Meow”. Then the kitty kicked the pom poms all around on the mirror.

Toddler Activity: Invitation to play with pom poms and a mirror

All that sliding and kicking must have worn wooden kitty out because Theo ended his play by putting him to bed under some felt squares that he found nearby. “Kitty night night,” Theo kept telling me. 

Toddler Activity: Invitation to play with pom poms and mirror

The Simplicity of Invitations to Play

Seeing how much fun Theo had with just some simple things we had around our house was a good reminder for me that invitations to play do not have to be complex or even planned. Just taking these random materials we’ve had in our house and presenting them in a new way was enough to inspire Theo to interact with the items. While playing with this invitation he also was practicing fine motor skills, problem solving, and using his imagination.

Sometimes lazily leaving things out around your house (like big pink-framed mirrors) can be a good thing! (That’s what I’m going to keep telling myself next time it’s time to clean the house!)

Toddler Activity: Invitation to play with pom poms and mirror

 

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Comments

  1. Such a simple yet fun and intriguing idea. Definitely trying this one with Jake. Love the cardboard tube idea.

  2. My little guys would love all these activities–pom poms are so much fun! I pinned it to my (CarlaINHouston) Toddler “School”!! board!
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  3. Such a lovely reminder for me! Sometimes simple, everyday items can be very inspiring when simply laid out in a new way. Great post!
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  4. Oh now I wish I hadn’t thrown out all those pom pom balls! We had a bunch of these in different sizes that my kiddo liked to glue. Playing with a mirror would have been fun. The next time I get my hands on some, I’ll be playing this with him :)
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  5. I love this idea! I have been looking for some learning activities for my baby that will be here by the end of the year. This will be perfect once he’s 8 months or so. Plus, my toddler will also love it. Thanks for the idea!
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  6. Playing with pom poms is great fun :-) This is a great idea for younger learners. Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop :-)
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  7. I love love love this. So simple, engaging and open ended. Thanks for linking this up to the Kids Co-Op. I’ll be featuring your post in my fine motor activities roundup this week. xo P
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