Things have been really hard over here lately, grieving from afar for my home church community, dealing with a pre-PMSing three year old, and an unsleeping, aggressive 20 month old has been taking its toll. Jon and I are exhausted, and yet life must go on... I almost feel guilty being so stressed out with my children while there are others who no longer have their babies to hold...
Despite the stress and lack of sleep, Katie's death has inspired me to be more intentional in my role as a wife and mother. This is where I am at in life, this exact moment is where I am called to be and I want to respond with grace amidst the turmoil. This isn't the normal sort of preface I would use to introduce a Pinterest-esque project, but I feel like the mommy blogosphere needs a little shot of realism.
Life with little ones is hard, it's not all sunshine and smiles like the photos would have you believe. We all know that, and yet we see everyone else's happy kids and wonder what is wrong with our own parenting. Anyways, I just wanted to say that life in these nine images is not always as it appears, things are hard right now, but that's okay, we'll get through this, and even through the difficulty I still want to make choices that (try to) bring the kids and I together. S
o, this week while I've been emotionally and physically exhausted, I needed an easy and self-led activity for the kids to do. The solution ended up being a giant bag of pom poms! With a few different accessories, the kids played with with this sensory bin for days! There were quite a bit of pom poms to clean up at the end of the day, but at least they're quick to pick up and the kids can both play semi-unsupervised with them.
Pom Pom Play #1
The first day we choose to do it the most simply, we dumped our 1 pound bag of pom poms in a bin and added some kitchen utensils. They had spoons and bottles, bowls and tongs, all sorts of random items that they could pour, scoop, pick up and dump with. This was especially good for the 1-2 year olds because they're learning hand eye coordination as they pick up pom poms with a spoon and place it in the bowl, also, it's one of the less messy sensory play options!
Pom Pom Play #2
We practiced fine motor skills and color matching on the second day, using tweezers and chop sticks to pick up the poms and place them in the appropriate colored up. This offered a great chance to build color vocabulary with Grayson, and Aurora just took off on her own filling all 10 cups to the brim and showing off her mad chop stick skills!
Pom Pom Play #3
Day three centered around a marble run! I used paper towel and toilet paper rolls to create a simple set of switchbacks and the kids climbed up on their little bench to drop them in it over and over again!
Pom Pom Play #4
Lastly, on day four, we built these craft stick catapults! They were super easy to assemble, within five minutes we had two of them ready to go!
I taped an old tape roll to the wall and the kids were off, flinging poms with the catapults trying to get them through the hoop! Grayson definitely wasn't able to aim (nor did he have any interest in it!), but he was able to make the catapult work by himself! Aurora on the other hand, LOVED it!
The best thing about a pom pom sensory bin is that everything is reusable! So, how do you like to play with pom poms, I need some more ideas!
For more sensational sensory ideas, check out my Pinterest board devoted to exploring the senses! Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans's board Kids: Sensory & Small World Bins on Pinterest.