DIY Pom-Pom Drop for Toddler Fine Motor Skills

I’m always looking for easy ways to help my toddler develop his fine motors skills.  I wanted to share a mini-project that I recently assembled that does an excellent job at addressing just that.

Hold onto your hats… this one’s a doozy.  First, you’ll need a package of pom poms.  They can be purchased at any craft store or even a dollar store.


I used an empty bread crumbs container.  An oatmeal container would also work.  I wiped it clean on the inside and outside. I chose to take one more additional step and wrapped it in some colorful duct tape.


Next, I cut three different sized holes in the lid using an X Acto knife.  I could have traced circles to make them more symmetrical, but hey, who has that kind of time?




Quite an easy little project, and my little really enjoys it.  He’s sat down and filled the container with all 80 (!!) pom poms before getting up and running away.  Anyone with a toddler (especially a boy toddler) knows this is a HUGE win!



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Tom and Lauren Tate met each other in college and fell in love (there may or may not have been alcohol involved). Years later, they got married, had a baby and now live happily in Southeastern PA with their little boy. Lauren manages the home, while Tom manages projects at a software company. While their interests range from cooking and working out (her) and playing guitar and video games (him), together they manage to maintain a blog, Little Old Home (

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