Create charming little creatures out of leftover wool or yarn that can be used for storytelling, serving as class mascots, or even teaching about emotions and empathy. These cute pom pom creations are quick and simple to make, and they don’t require many materials, so this activity shouldn’t get too messy!
As each pom pom has its own unique character, we can learn about the range of human emotions as we play with them. Have fun creating happy, sad, angry, and surprised faces. Incorporate them into stories or puppet shows as a practical and engaging way to explore feelings. For older children, consider incorporating them into creative writing exercises. They can be used as prompts to inspire imaginative narratives or as characters in a story, fostering creativity, and originality in their writing.
Opportunities for learning:
To recognise and describe different feelings and emotions.
To describe colours and features.
Development of fine motor skills.
Before you get started on your DIY pom pom craft creations, make sure you assemble everything you need.
What you’ll need:
- A selection of different coloured yarns.
- Pom-pom makers (a variety of sizes if possible)
- Pipe cleaners (if you want your character to have headphones)
- Googley eyes
- Mini pom-poms
- The mouth shapes printable (optional)
- A glue gun or sticky glue dots
Ask a keen knitter if they have any leftover wool from their projects, as you only need a small amount to make pom-poms.
Making the pom pom
To begin, select a colour of yarn and wrap it around the pom-pom maker. Aim to get even coverage. Next, repeat this process on the other half of the pom-pom maker.
Repeat the process on the other half of the pom-pom maker and close the pom pom maker together.
Using a small pair of scissors, carefully cut into the wool along the centre half until you can see the exposed inside plastic edge of the two halves.
Next, wrap a piece of wool twice around the centre of the pom-pom maker and tie a tight knot. This will hold it together.
Pull the edges of the pom-pom maker away to reveal your pom-pom. If you need to, trim any strands that are too long.
Decorating your pom pom
Now you’re ready to decorate your pom-pom and turn it into a head. Add googley eyes and mini pom poms (for ears or a nose) with a glue gun. In order to save time, we’ve provided a printable sheet with some different faces which you could print out and glue on. However, feel free to draw your own (Ideally, these would be laminated to protect them if you have access to a laminator). Headphones or earmuffs can be made by simply glueing a piece of pipe cleaner and two mini pom-poms.
You could also use the mini pom-poms for eyes or ears if you want (They make great monkey ears!).
To incorporate the characters from your pom pom craft into a stop-motion animation.
To write a short story involving the pom pom characters (give them names and a back story).