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There are endless benefits of using tongs for toddlers! Tongs activities are perfect for toddlers developing small muscles, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. I’ve also heard that mastering the use of tongs is necessary before moving on to scissors — the action is fairly similar.
Well, this tongs and pom pom activity is a frugal and simple activity to get your toddler using tongs. Many months ago, I made a simple pom pom drop activity using an old food can. My toddler (now 2 years old) still regularly plays with it. So, I decided to enhance the fine motor control fun by giving him tongs!
Simple Tongs and Pom Pom Activity for Toddlers
How to Prep Your Tongs and Pom Poms Activity:
Toddler fine motor activities don’t get much easier than this tongs activity. You simply cut a round hole, large enough for a pom pom to fit through, out of the plastic lid of a cylindrical food container. I used a craft knife but you could probably also poke a hole in it and then use kitchen scissors.
Once you have your hole in the lid, just place it back on the container. That’s it!
Of course, you can use paint or construction paper to cover the sides of the container if you really want to. But, honestly, your toddler probably won’t care one bit. They will be busy exploring the tongs and pom poms and practicing their hand eye coordination and fine motor skills instead.
How to Do the Tongs and Pom Pom Activity:
All you have to do for this tong activity is present the container, plastic tongs, and pom poms to your toddler and let them explore them. If your child doesn’t figure out how to use the tongs on their own, show them how to pick up a pom pom with them.
Use words to explain to your toddler, too. It’s great for their language development.
“Squeeze to pick up. Hold while moving. Open to drop!”
When I first showed my son, the action was very difficult for him. He spent quite a long time just putting a pom pom into the tongs and trying to keep it in there. But he kept watching me demonstrate and was sufficiently intrigued to keep trying. Eventually he started to get the hang of it and gain more fine motor control.
The next day, he got the pom poms and tongs out all on his own and started trying again. He kept telling himself many times over to “Squeeeeze!” It quickly became his favorite pom pom activity!
Further Play and Learning with Tongs and Pom Poms:
Now, this fine motor skills activity offers lots of opportunities for extension and variation of play and learning for kids of all ages. Yes, these tong and pom pom activities offer toddlers a fun challenge for eye-hand coordination, pincer grasp, and muscle control. But, older kids can use this fun activity to practice color sorting and counting, too! Check out these fun play ideas…
Container Pom Pom Sorting Activity — Make multiple containers, but cover the sides of them with a variety of colors of construction paper. Then, have your child sort the pom poms using tongs into their matching color containers.
Container Pom Pom Counting Activity — Make multiple containers and label each one with a different number. Then, invite your child to use tongs to drop the correct number of pom poms into each container.
Muffin Tin Pom Pom Drop Activity — Skip the container altogether and invite your toddler to use tongs to drop pom poms into the cups of a muffin pan instead.
Muffin Tin Pom Pom Color Sort Activity — Add a different color of construction paper to the bottom of each cup of the muffin pan. Then, invite your child to use tongs to sort pom poms into their matching color muffin cups.
Muffin Tin Counting Pom Poms Activity — Label the bottom of each muffin cup with a different number. Then, invite your child to use tongs to drop the correct number of pom poms into each muffin cup.
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Full Tongs and Pom Pom Activity Instructions:
Easy Tongs and Pom Pom Activity for Toddlers
To Prep Tongs and Pom Pom Activity:
- Use craft knife to cut a 1-inch circle in the center of the recycled cylindrical food container's plastic lid. Secure lid on container.
To Play Tongs and Pom Pom Activity:
- Present container alongside tongs and pom poms. Allow toddler to freely explore the materials.
- Demonstrate how to use tongs to pick up and drop a pom pom into the hole in the container. Consider using words like "Squeeze to pick up. Hold while moving. Open to drop!"
- Encourage toddler to pick up and drop pom poms into the container. Celebrate with them as they get them in.
- Prepare additional containers and cover the sides of each one with a different color construction paper. Invite toddler to sort pom poms by color into their matching color containers.
Materials for Your Tongs and Pom Pom Activity on Amazon:
Get everything you need to make your own tong and pom poms activity for your toddler right on Amazon…
300 Pieces 1 Inch Assorted PompomsPLASTICPRO [32 oz 3 Pack] Twist Top Deli ContainersFantastiCAR Pink Craft Knife SetShindel Silicone Mini TongsOXO Good Grips Kitchen ScissorsSamuRita Assorted Sparkle Glitter Pom PomsPLASTICPRO 48 Ounce Twist Top Deli ContainersPopco Silicone Tongs
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