I was chatting with a friend earlier this week about making pom-poms, and talking about the best ways to make them as our children all really wanted to have a go. I remembered this super easy way for young children to make pom-poms. It is a very slight variation on the traditional way of making pompoms using two cardboard discs cut the same size – to make it even easier, all you do is simply cut a slit in both of the discs before you start using the wool. Children can wind the wool round the disc, rather than having to thread it through. It makes it much quicker and easier. After hearing our conversation about pompoms, Ted wanted to have a go at making his own and as soon as I had cut out the discs, he was ready to go without any need for explanation. As soon as it was finished, Ted realised he had a soft ball that he could throw around the house – good on a rainy day. I get the feeling that we are going to be making lots more of these in the weeks to come so there will be more pom-pom posts. Not only is making a pom-pom great fun, it is also pretty good for helping little ones strengthen their fine motor skills.
- Cardboard – cereal packet card works well
- Ten pence piece
To make your own
- Onto card, draw around a cup twice to make two circles
- In the centre of the two circles, draw around a ten pence piece to create two discs
- Cut out both of the discs and cut a slit in each from the outside into the centre
- Line the discus up together with the slits together and wrap the end of your wool around the disc and secure with a knot
- Wind or thread wool round the discs until almost full
- Cut a 20cm piece of wool ready to tie round your pom-pom
- Pull apart the discs enough to put scissors round them and cut all around the wool – this is quite stiff to do, so good scissors really help and this part is best done by an adult.
- Tie with the cut piece of wool, wrapping it round the middle of the discs and securing with a tight knot several times
- Pull off the discs – this is even easier with the discs having a slit in them
- Trim wool to neaten if needed.
- Your discs will be ready to use again for your next pompoms.