How to Entertain a Toddler with Pom-Poms and Bowls

Pom pom sensory bin for Toddlers

My toddler loves and adores all little things.

Especially those tiny little things that are on the do-not-give-to-little-kids-who-mouth-everything-that-comes-their-way lists. I guess it’s a casualty of being the second child to a 3.5 year old sibling, but I suppose the good news is that she’s building an understanding of what can and can’t go in the mouth.

To play to our strengths, I set up this invitation to play: pom-poms, bowl, yogurt container, and a mini ladle.

bowl of pom poms for play


  • Tub full of various pom-poms
  • Small bowl
  • Mini ladle
  • Large yogurt container with a hole cut in its top

The invitation

Lay it all out and see what your child comes up with.

toddler sitting in plastic container with pom poms

Not at all what I expected, but I’m digging it.

toddler scooping pom poms

And of course there was lots of scooping, filling containers, spilling, and dumping.

toddler invitation to play with pom poms

This is great sensory activity for building fine motor skills and developing color, size, and volume understandings.

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  1. I have a TON of those pom poms that I picked up in a dollar bin not too long ago, but I wasn’t sure what to do with them just yet. This game is perfect for my little guy! Thank you!

    • I love the dollar bin, and always come away from it with new ideas! I would have gone nuts if I saw pom-poms in the dollar bin. Have fun!!

  2. What a super collection of sensory activities, Rachelle! I’m so happy to be passing this along to my follower! She’s going to get a ton of ideas from these posts! Thanks so much for sharing this with me in the KBN. 🙂

  3. So glad I found your blog today when I was googling for toddler pom pom activities. I’ve found so many great play & learning ideas to do with my little girl. Thanks so much!

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