Pom Pom Drop

Math & Science

18 – 30 months

Drop it! This activity is a fun way to teach your child numeracy skills at a very young age. It is also great for teaching your child the pincer grasp (thumb and pointer finger) which is a good foundation for a pencil grip.


  • 5 – 6 paper towel rolls
  • Painter’s tape
  • Numerous amounts of Pom Poms (ideally various colours)
  • Tray (optional)


 Prepare the Activity

  1. Find a flat (preferably open), vertical surface such as a wall or a door.
  2. Using the painters’ tape, tape the paper towel rolls on the wall.
  3. Try aligning the tubes vertically or diagonally (with the tape horizontal) so when the pom poms are dropped, they will fall through consecutive tubes as they make their way to the floor.
  4. Place a tray underneath the tubes to catch the pom poms as they fall through the tubes (optional).

Participating in the Activity

  1. Using one pom pom at a time, demonstrate to your child how to put a pom pom into a tube and watch as it falls through each tube.
  2. Teach your child how to use a pincer grasp and allow them to use this technique on the pom poms.

Increase the Fun

Create counting games or colour matching exercises with the pom poms.

At Learning Jungle, we believe all children are capable, confident and full of potential. Co-learning empowers your child to take initiative. Encouraging child participation and engaging in open-ended, thought-provoking conversation throughout play is important for healthy child development.

Conversations with your child

  • What colours do you see?
  • What do you think will happen when it goes into the tube?
  • Let’s try putting more than one pom pom in the tube at once
  • How do the pom poms feel?
  • How many pom poms/tubes do you see?

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