This pom pom blowing activity for toddlers is a fun little game to play with them when you have 5 minutes to spare. Not only is it a fun, but it also has benefits in developing oral motor skills.

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For this pom pom blowing activity you will need:

  • Pom Pom
  • Straws

pom pom blowing activity

Simply put some pom poms, or cotton balls, in a line on a table. Then get your little one to blow them across the table using a straw. With BB I simply let him just blow them where he liked, but if you have a slightly older child you could also add some tape and get them to blow the pom pom along that.

pom pom blowing activity

I turn my back for 5 seconds and he is up on the table.

BB had a wonderful time trying to blow his pom poms off the table. I used a variety of sizes for him. He could get the small ones to travel quite far, but it took a lot more breath control to move the bigger ones.

To start with I gave him a paper straw, but that didn’t last very long. It got very wet, and he bit down on them. Next I tried a reusable silicone one from one of his cups, which worked much better.

I have actually just left the pom poms and the straw on the table so he can go back to it as many times as he likes. Obviously I wash the straw once he has finished.

Benefits for speech development:

First I will say I am absolutely no expert when it comes to speech development. If you have any concerns about your little ones please speak to a professional.

However, over my many years of working with children and doing my own research, I have learnt that straws are beneficial to improving oral motor skills. It helps develop lip seal, tongue retraction, cheek and tongue strength, and an appropriate resting position of the tongue. Blowing through a straw can also help with breath control and with producing certain vowel sounds like “ooh”.

If you enjoyed this pom pom blowing activity be sure to check out my ABC flash cards.

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Help little ones improve their oral motor skills with this pom pom blowing activity.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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