Today I am sharing this colorful and fun activity we call rainbow pompom race! Practice color recognition and fine motor skills.
Rainbow Pompom Race
This pompom activity develops color recognition and gives opportunity for oral motor exercise too, which in turn helps with speech development. Did you know that vowel sounds like “ooh” and “oh” use the same face muscles as blowing on straws? This activity strengthens these muscles which are used in proper pronunciation of these vowels.
To begin, first gather your materials.
- Rainbow color containers (you can use little boxes or egg cartons and paint it with rainbow colors)
- Rainbow color pompoms
Place the containers in a semi circle at the one end of the table. The pompoms can be spread out more or less 30cm from the containers. (Older kids might like the challenge of blowing a bit further.) My perfectionist child chose to organize the pompoms first according to color and then blow it across the table. Whatever works, right?
Simply blow the pompoms into the same color containers. This sounds easy enough, but it did take my 4 year old a few tries before he got the angle right. You can challenge your child to blow as many pompoms as he can in a certain time period if he needs more of a challenge.
Or, as an alternative for siblings/friends: play this game by setting the containers up like this:
They choose their colors first and divide the containers and pompoms. They start blowing at the same time, the child that have all their pompoms in the correct containers first, is the winner!
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