Pompom Pinching

Pompom Pinching is a quick and fun way to work on developing a pincer grasp.


Pompoms (order here)

Strawberry huller (order here)

Quart size Ziploc bag-zipper top is best for independence

Bag label & picture icon & Container icon (download here) (optional)

Safety/Important information

If your child puts items in their mouth-closely supervise as these items are small

When your child is just learning this activity supervise for proper use and to make sure your child is able to complete the activity

The number of pompoms you give your child depends on their fine motor abilities. You can gradually add pompoms to the bag depending on their level, but it’s best to just keep the number of pompoms they are expected to complete in the bag. This gives the child a clear visual of when the activity will be over.

If your child is working on an independent picture schedule it is important to find the correct item when it is on their schedule and to be able to put it back where it belongs. Show them the icon and the bag as well as where the bag belongs each time you do the activity.


Print out the bag label and attach it to the outside of the Ziploc bag


Use the huller to pick up the pompom and put into a pile. You can also work on some academic skills while doing this activity!

  1. Colors/sorting-put the different colors into piles
  2. Counting-after doing the activity for a period of time, count the pompoms in the pile
  3. Receptive-Ask your child to find a certain color pompom
  4. Expressive-After our child picks up a pompom, ask them what color it

Another way to work on the same skill is by playing the game Scatterpillar Scramble (order here). The directions say to play the game while having the caterpillar shake. I recommend putting on the balls with the tongs and then turning it on to watch them fall.

February 8, 2012 This post was written by Categories: Fine Motor Activities No comments yet

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