I started with the colour wheel again – this time using a circular container with six outer sections and one center section. I filled the center section with pom poms and gave the children tongs – a fine motor challenge.
Some of the children eagerly started using the tongs to sort the pom poms into the appropriate sections;
The younger ones spent a long time examining the tongs trying to understand this new tool. At first they used them to simply ‘stir’ the pom poms.
When they wanted to join in the sorting they abandoned the tongs and used just their hands instead.
Some of the group felt this activity was over once all the pom poms were sorted. They quickly moved off to another area of the playroom to do something else. Two of them spent much longer here – sorting pom poms over and over again.
With tongs or without, one time or more, I introduced the activity but the rest was up to them.