Pom Pom Hockey is the first motor development activity we did with our activity sticks. It is great for indoor play, especially on a rainy day. It also provides children a lot of areas of learning.
What you will need:
- A big package of pom poms
- Masking tape
- Brooms, swiffers, or something to push the pom poms
I am a big fan of doing activities with my kids that require little supplies. It can be so frustrating to find a fun activity, then realize you need to visit several stores before it can be done. The only thing I needed to buy for this activity were the pom poms, everything else could be found in our house. Our pom poms came from Amazon but this would be something that could easily be found in any craft store.
Make the goals.
The first thing you need to do, after gathering your supplies, is create the goals. This can be done by making squares with your masking tape. I ended up doing three squares around our dining room floor. You can do as many or as little as you want, and make them as big or as small as well.
Our bag had 2000 tiny pom poms. If I did this again I would go with bigger pom poms and less than 2000. This is also an activity you need to be prepared to clean up, with help from your kids of course! When dropping them on the floor try and do it in the middle of the goals, this way the children have equal chance of getting as many as they can into theirs.
Now let the fun begin.
My daughter loved getting the pom poms into her goal which she could easily do with the broom, the Swiffer was a bit trickier for my son to use. This is also an activity that would have been more fun for kids who are around the age of 3-5. My son didn’t quite understand what the point was so he just ended up playing by trying to make the biggest mess he could. He still had a lot of fun though.
You don’t just have to play hockey.
Along with playing pom pom hockey you can also have your children practice their colors and sorting. This can be done by having them sort the different colored pom poms in the different goals. My daughter loves doing things like this but my son had no interest, he was having too much fun making a mess. Another idea could be to shout out a specific color. Then your children can gather as many as they can of that color.
Pom Pom Hockey was a lot of fun.
I am glad this was our first motor development activity. My kids had a lot of fun playing together, using up their energy by running around, practicing their hand eye coordination and playing sorting games. We will definitely be doing this again in the future, maybe with a couple tweaks, but with the same amount of fun!
Would your kids love playing Pom Pom Hockey? Which activity do you want to see posted next? Head over to our activity sticks post to see what fun activities we have coming to the Blog soon!