Easy Pom Pom Balance Tree: A Fine Motor Activity

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Help your little one develop their fine motor skills with this fun Pom Pom balance tree DIY toy! A great fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers!

Easy Pom Pom Balance Tree: A Fine Motor Activity

Learning With Pom Poms

I am a huge fan of pom poms! They are colourful, soft and fluffy and perfect for little hands! They are also great to use in a plethora of activities from using them to learn letters, numbers, shapes and more.

In this activity, I used them to create leaves on a cardboard tube tree! I first saw this idea on Hands On As We Grow and knew that I had to create something similar. You can make colourful rainbow leaves (my kids loved this idea) or you can make it for spring and use pink Pom Poms for cherry blossoms. Alternatively, you can make it fall themed and use red, orange, brown Pom Poms or make the Pom Poms apples and use the colours red, green and yellow.

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Easy Pom Pom Balance Tree: A Fine Motor Activity

How to Make A Pom Pom Balance Tree

  1. Cut slits all along the cardboard tube the same size and width as your dosing teaspoons or plastic spoons. Cut the slits at various levels on all around of the tube.
  2. Slide the dosing teaspoons or plastic spoons into the slits.
  3. Fill a sensory bin or a bowl with Pom Poms.
  4. Invite your child to use tongs or their fingers to place the Pom Poms into the spoon part of the dosing teaspoons.
Easy Pom Pom Balance Tree: A Fine Motor Activity

Other Ways to Play with Your Pom Pom Tree

Once you have made your pom pom tree, don’t toss it! You can use it again with other items to extend the learning and fun! Use items such as little dinosaurs, bears, marbles, beans or even scoop out coloured rice into the spoons.

Other Ways to Play:

  • Place dot stickers on each spoon and invite your preschooler to match the colours.
  • Write numbers on the dot stickers or directly on the spoons and invite your preschooler to count out that number of beans into each spoon.
Easy Pom Pom Balance Tree: A Fine Motor Activity

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for this activity is low.

Difficulty to Create

Easy to Medium.

Skills Developed

Sensory play, language development, number recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.


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  • Sturdy cardboard tube
  • Box cutters or craft knife
  • Dosing Teaspoons or plastic spoons
  • Pom poms
  • Tongs

Books, TV Show & Play Kits!

Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids

Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon

Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.

Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.

Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids

Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more. 

Find out more and grab your copy here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.

Easy Pom Pom Balance Tree: A Fine Motor Activity

Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids

Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.

  • 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
  • Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
  • Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.

Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!

Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.

TV Show: Curious Crafting

I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!

Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.

In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create. 

Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.

This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up. 

The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids

Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.

Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!

Shop our ready made play kits here.

Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.


Easy Pom Pom Balance Tree: A Fine Motor Activity

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