January 6, 2011

Puff Ball Magnets {aka Magnetic Pom Poms}


While especially great for tots, ALL of my kids LOVE using the Puff Ball Magnets. Also know as magnetic pom poms, they are great to use for fine motor skills and as it turns out, they are very easy to make!  

Puff Ball Magnets

To make your own magnetic pom poms you will need:

1) Puff balls {aka pom poms}

2) Circle magnets (you can buy these at craft store or at Walmart)

3) Glue

Directions: Simply glue the magnets to the pompoms and dry overnight. If you are overzealous like me, you could use a glue gun to speed up the drying process!  :-)

There are TONS of ways that your tot can use magnetic puff balls. Count them, sort them, use them as manipulatives…the ideas are endless!

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Aside from free-lance playing, there are also some great printables that you could use with the puff ball magnets! Check out the links below:

Letter Magnet Pages from COAH’s Letter of the Week Curriculum
Do-A-Dot Pages from Homeschool Creations
Alphabet Pages from Making Learning Fun
Number Pages from Making Learning Fun
Mosaic Pages from Making Learning Fun

Just print a page, place it on a cookie sheet (I found some at the Dollar Tree) and have fun!


The older kids like to use the our puff ball magnets too. We use them quite often to play Spelling BINGO!!


Like I said, tons of possibilities!

A big thank you to Erin at Home Grown Hearts for providing a wonderful tutorial on how to make your own magnetic pompoms!

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11964685569947198892 claudeabgood

    This is such a cute idea, I would have never thought you could use magnetic pompoms for soooo many diverse activities.

    My little one is only 16 months and I think he might try to eat those, but I think I’ll make some anyway…he should be ready to use them in a couple months, I hope.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08552065183793717703 Andrea

    What a fantastic idea! I will be sure to link back to you in March when we do our rainbow unit!
    Thanks for posting:)
    ~Jada Roo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06146954250216886394 Donovan Doins

    Cute idea Jenn.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00342467790727259855 Jenny

    These are cute, but my cats would steal them all! LOL!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02967975089265599425 Sara

    It’s hilarious that you posted this today–it’s on my to-do list and the materials are sitting on my counter!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11397525011462974857 Scott

    We’ve used this idea to make free form designs. But I like the other uses you gave, too. Thanks for the ideas.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08138517922678644715 Clemencia

    this is one of the awesome ideas, where you think: Now why didn’t I think of that!
    Awesowe idea! thanks for sharing, love your blog :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17350038216716498703 Katherine

    I love that! We have a whole bucket full of puffballs, and now I will have something to do with them!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03233974941636501887 LaToya

    That looks like fun, I’m going to have to get some for my boys

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15346225885116299383 Monica

    Adorable idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17970101432834731044 Ticia

    Oh, I’m thinking for my spelling work, which I need to work on more with the kids.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00209804875190309262 Lindsay

    I must get to walmart and get the magnets! I have everything else and I have wanted to do these for a while!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05540239844969629644 Mama to 4

    what a great idea – thank you for sharing – I am teaching my 3 year his ABC & these pom pom magnets would be perfect for the magnet pages found all over several blogs!
    Nicole <><

  • http://www.creativeconnectionsforkids.com/ Kristi@Creative Connections for Kids

    So simple and versatile…and cheap too. Thanks Jenn!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09435743749228341493 Elle Belles Bows

    Wonderful idea!! Kerri

  • Laura

    I just picked up some pom-poms in the dollar section at Target. Yay!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17141323325746602171 Heather@Cultivated Lives

    I was just staring at a bag of puff balls wondering what to do with them. I love the idea that it can be reusable!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09250197473577401666 Heather

    I love this idea and made some of my own last weekend. What kind of glue did you use? I used hot glue, but we’ve had some pull away from the magnet when lifted by the puff ball. Thanks for all your great ideas!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02602135742666865515 Mama Jenn

    Hi Heather! We did use hot glue…ALOT of it and we have had a few pull away. I just went back a re-glued them. In hindsight, perhaps I should have been more patient and used a liquid, slow drying glue with a better hold! :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01980425484214513757 Megan

    I just wanted to stop by here too. Your blogs and ideas are so inspiring to me. I’ve used many of your ideas with my 4 boys in our homeschooling. Love this pom pom magnet idea and it’s many uses. My boys will love this.

    I just added your blog links to my blog at: http://houseofthe4risingsons.blogspot.com/ to share your ideas and wisdom.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02602135742666865515 Mama Jenn

    Thank you so much Megan! You are so kind!!! :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02849137566164878759 cooperkelly4

    Love this idea. It would be great for a road trip too! Where did you get the cute little silver tray? It seems like a great size for your guy. Thanks, Kelly

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02602135742666865515 Mama Jenn


    The “silver tray” is actually a cookie sheet from the Dollar Tree!!! 😉 Surprise, surprise, they are magnetic!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02849137566164878759 cooperkelly4

    Well dollar tree, here I come! I think I have even seen the magnets and pompoms there too. love this!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02602135742666865515 Mama Jenn

    Cooperkelly4 ~ I have seen cookie sheets and the puff balls, but not the round magnets. I got mine from Walmart.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05396599048458272526 Emma

    I love your ideas and how easy they are to put together. It is so wonderful to have an excellent resource to turn to for fresh ideas. Thank you for posting!

  • Kristina Noall

    Hi Jenn, I just wanted to thank you for this great idea. My crazy little 2 1/2 year old has pretty much been asking to play with his magnets every day since I made these, and my husband and I can hardly believe how much time he’ll spend with them! They (along with a package of magnetic letters I got at the dollar store) kept his and my sanity when we took a flight a few weeks ago. Great, simple, inexpensive idea. Thank you again for sharing!

  • http://www.mama-jenn.blogspot.com/ Mama Jenn

    I am often surprised at the “unexpected” things that seem to hold my kids attention for hours at a time! Glad you found something to help your and his sanity! Flying with kids is not always that easy!!!

  • Heather

    These are so cool! We will definitely make some. We made some magnets as gifts for Christmas, but I never thought of using pompoms. That is very clear! I love the rainbow design :)

  • http://www.mama-jenn.blogspot.com/ Mama Jenn

    Thanks Heather! They get TONS of use around here!

  • Ronda

    Great Activity for many different ages!!! Thank you for such a great idea for some of my Early Childhood classrooms.

  • http://www.mama-jenn.blogspot.com/ Mama Jenn

    You are most welcome!!!