STEAM Activity: Pompom Math Challenge

 

What Kids Learn From This STEAM Activity

In the STEAM Activity, Pom-Pom Math Challenge with paper towel rolls on a tray, kids learn about rolling objects and numbers while having a blast. By placing the paper towel rolls strategically, they create paths for pompoms to roll in different directions, discovering how obstacles affect movement. Adding numbers to the rolls, like counting by 3s, makes it a math adventure too. As they guide pompoms along the rolls, they’re not only exploring motion but also practicing math skills in an engaging way. It’s an awesome hands-on activity where learning about motion and math comes together in a fun and creative play!

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What We Need For This STEAM Activity

STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge Materials
STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge Materials

 

How To Do STEAM Activity Pompom Math Challenge

 

 

  1. Cut paper towel rolls into shorter sections.
    STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge - Cut Toilet Roll or Paper Towel Roll into Shorter Sections
    STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge – Cut Toilet Roll or Paper Towel Roll into Shorter Sections

     

  2. Write numbers counting by 3s (3, 6, 9, etc.) on the sections.
    STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge -Write Numbers
    STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge -Write Numbers

     

  3. Place the sections on a tray and tape them.
    STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge - Tape The Cut Rolls To the Tray
    STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge – Tape The Cut Rolls To the Tray

     

  4. Put pompoms at the start of the sections.
  5. Count aloud by 3s in order as you roll. Watch the pompoms roll along the sections.
    STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge -Play!
    STEAM Activity Pompom Challenge -Play!

     

  6. Have fun exploring motion and math together and talk about paths and numbers after.

 

Variations & Challenges

  • Introduce additional elements like small ramps, tunnels, or cardboard obstacles to make the pompom’s journey more complex.
  • Write a mix of counting patterns on the paper towel roll sections, such as counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, to challenge kids with different sequences.
  • Set challenges, like aiming for specific numbers by adding or subtracting.

 

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Author

  • Isabelle

    Isabelle has been an entrepreneur for last 22 years in retail and educational industry. She is also a mom to a child in elementary school. She believes that when kids are curious and use their imagination, amazing things can happen. She is particularly interested in STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). She believes when children are encouraged to develop STEAM skills from a young age, they gain valuable tools to tackle future challenges in a creative, imaginative, and innovative manner. She enjoys researching STEAM and craft activities, plays, toys and resources and share with parents.

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