Sorting and matching pom poms is an easy preschool measurement activity that requires very little set-up. In fact, it takes less than five minutes to prepare and is a fun way to introduce preschoolers to basic measurement.
Remember I said this activity is crazy fast to set up? Well, it certainly is. Grab some pom poms of various sizes, (I used red and green since I offered this activity as a center around Christmas time) and coordinating markers and several sheets of printer paper. Eyeball the size of the pom poms and draw matching circles in size and color on the paper. Like this:
While simply sorting out the pom poms and matching them to the coordinating color and size on the paper is a good preschool measurement activity on its own, I wanted to take it up a notch to really emphasize the measurement and size aspect. So, I made a few sheets that looked like this:
As I stated above, I set this activity out during choice centers during December. While the red and green color choice obviously lends itself to Christmas, this activity, like my Jingle Bell Drop activity, can easily be adapted to other holidays just by choosing a different color set. With a set-up as fast as this one, I just might make one for Saint Patrick’s Day using green and yellow pom poms.