Simple Classics: Pom Pom Transfer Activity

October 3, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

Fine Motor Activity: Transferring Pom Poms with Tongs

We’re back with another simple, classic play activity that requires barely any setup time and is just as fun as any newfangled game or activity on the market.: transferring pom poms with kitchen tongs.


All you need are baskets (bowls or trays – even a shoebox – will do) + pom poms + kitchen tongs.

We bought our baskets at Target from the dollar bin section.  Try to use the flat ended tongs instead of scalloped edge ones – like you can see we did – for safety reasons.

Fine Motor Activity: Transferring Pom Poms with Tongs

I threw in some coiled pipe cleaners for some variety since I had both my preschooler and toddler with me.


  • Set out two baskets.
  • Fill one up with pom poms.
  • Give your child a pair of tongs.
  • Let him use the tongs to transfer the pom poms to the basket.

Your child might prefer to simply transfer the pom poms in and out of the same basket – just follow his lead.

Fine Motor Activity: Transferring Pom Poms with Tongs

Extend this activity:

  • Add coiled pipe cleaners to make the activity more challenging after your child has mastered using the tongs with pom poms
  • Give your child tweezers instead of tongs
  • Ask your child to sort the pom poms by color
  • Practice math skills by asking your child to transfer a specific number of pom poms into the other basket

LEARN! Fine motor skills, concentration, focus, colors, counting

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