Pom poms are always fun. My LOs love them. Painting with pom poms lets kids explore colors, texture and also they get to use a new tool. Its always interesting to paint using different mediums. It develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination & gives a sense of achievement. You could use this activity for patterning too. Its an open ended activity & kids of all ages will love it.
What you need
- Pom pom (different sizes)
- Finger Paint ( Make your own edible finger paint)
- Finger Paint sheets ( or any thick paper)
- Scissors (optional)
- Cut out shapes on your finger paint sheets. We cut out 4 different shapes- letter P, apple, balloon and heart. This step is optional. You could use plain paper too.
- Lay the paper cut outs, paint, pompoms, clothespin on a tray. If you dont have a tray use a dollar store sheet for the table/floor to hold the mess – Easy clean up 👍
- Let your kids use the clothespin to hold the pom poms, dip them in the paint and press it on the paper. For little kids you could help them with the clothespin or just let them use their hands.
The idea behind using the letter P cut out is – Letter recognition & Learn P is for Paint, P is for Pom Pom. The other cut outs are to add more fun 😀
Although i wanted to do P first, my LOs had other plans. Miss D wanted to paint the balloon & Miss A picked Apple (thats her favourite fruit). I showed them how to do it and they took on. Miss D did a great job holding pom pom with the clothespin, dipping it in the paint and pressing it on the paper. She choose the smallest of all pom poms, so it didn’t slip out.
Whereas, Miss A picked the biggest pom pom. It kept slipping out of the clothespin. She didn’t want to try the nxt small size (stuck to what she picked) & ended up holding the pom poms with fingers and painting. For some reason Miss A wanted her apple to have blue color on it.. It kinda reminds me of US flag. Would be perfect for July 4th activity 👍
I liked the way Miss A was pinching the pom pom with her pointer finger & thumb. It helps develop strong finger muscles. Miss D was all done painting her balloon & didn’t want to do more. Miss A was super excited how her apple painting looked and wanted to do more. Her next pick was heart. It would make a cute valentine craft. Dont you think? Remember learning about the letter P, thats saved for the last 😂
We had so much fun painting with pom poms and as usual our pom pom painting ended by painting our hands to make handprints. Thats Miss A’s finishing touch to any painting activity.😀 We got our hands all messy with paint.