Thursday, November 8, 2012

Pom Pom Tunnel

I'm always on the look out for cheap easy activities to do with Erik and Paisley. When I saw this 
one I just knew we had to give it a try. 

Let's gather our supplies:
-cardboard tube (think paper towel or toilet paper tubes here)
-tape
-pom poms
-small container

Now, this is pretty complicated, so you need to pay careful attention to the instructions here :)
First, you take your cardboard tube and tape it to a table or cabinet so it's vertical. Place the container underneath the tube. Next, you take a pom pom (or other small object), drop it into the top of the tube, and repeat. And repeat. And repeat. 
Don't you just love the discarded sock? Goofy boy!
Erik was mesmerized. He spent a long time dropping the pom pom's through and then decided to see what else fit. He stuffed everything he could down that tube just for the sheer joy of watching it fall out the bottom so he could put it back in again. 
 This is SO simple, but such a great learning experience game. Erik worked on his fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination as he picked up the small objects and maneuvered them into the opening. He developed his sense of spatial relationships by testing different toys and learning which ones fit in the tube and which ones didn't. Funny that with all the money we spend on toys and education, a piece of trash is more fun than them all.

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