We are constantly doing 1 year old activities in my house.
My son loves busy baby activities that keep him entertained and having fun! Each time I put something out for him, he goes to work immediately. That’s why I love the simple pom pom baby play station that we set up for him. He not only loved it, but his big sister did, too – that makes for one happy Mom!
I really recommend getting as many pom poms as possible (<—affiliate link to a huge bag of them!). Or if you want to make your own, check out this tutorial on pom pom making techniques!
I always limited my pom pom use to art projects with kids, but if you have a large amount of them, you can really let kids use them in so many different ways. They are the perfect thing to take out when you need to make dinner or when you need a quick activity!
How to Set Up a Pom Pom Play Station
We piled our pom poms into a basket and created a space where my son could drop, sort, and stick pom poms!
But, his absolute favorite item was the milk carton. I cut out an opening at the bottom of the milk carton and he dropped the pom poms through the top. Then, he could reach in and find them through the opening. He did it over and over and over! It was such a simple activity, but he learned so much and had a blast.
You might notice him hugging the milk carton in the picture below! 🙂
Need more ideas for your pom pom play station? Here’s over 20 ideas that are perfect for baby!
More 1 Year Old Activities with Pom Poms
Save your plastic bottles to use them with pom poms.
Let big kids entertain little ones by launching pom poms with a homemade catapult.
Make a sticky pom pom window | No Time for Flashcards
Grab something from your baking shelf to set up this simple pom pom activity for baby | Hands on: as we Grow
Save egg cartons for a simple invitation to play | The Imagination Tree
Create sculptures with 1 year olds with a simple wire basket | Twodaloo
Make this simple activity with velcro and pom poms | Teach Me Mommy
Reuse your plastic bottles a little bit differently to make this fun pom pom drop | Where Imagination Grows
Don’t get rid of your empty wipes container ~ it’s perfect for pom pom play! | Motherhood on a Dime
Make a simple circle sensory table for baby | B-Inspired Mama
Turn a box into a pom pom station | I Can Teach My Child
Use this bath toy to make a pom pom game for baby | Activity Mom
Work on real life skills with a broom and pom poms| Our Montessori Story
This was a favorite at our pom pom play station: tubes and pom poms | Laughing Kids Learn
Make a rainstick with pom poms | Little Wonders’ Days
Use your toothbrush holder as a way to work on baby’s fine motor skills | Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Make quick and easy sensory bottles for baby | Pink Pistachio
Let older siblings (or Mom!) entertain little ones with this pom pom shooter | FSPDT
Use a basket with holes to keep baby busy | Learn with Play at Home
Use a mirror as a creative way to play with pom poms | Buggy and Buddy
Save your boxes as a simple way to play ~ just replace the balls for pom poms!
The great thing about pom poms is that it’s not only limited to 1 year old activities. There are so many ways to play and to learn.
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