Going through a thrift store one day, I came across three clear plastic containers with lids that had indentations on them. When I saw them, I thought marbles or pom poms could fit in each one. This would make a great 1 – 1 correspondence learning activity. They were only fifty cents each so I bought them.
I had some marbles at home and also small pom poms. I tried them out and they fit great. I gathered enough to fit into each container. I also put some felt in the bottom of the container for the marbles so it wouldn’t be so noisy when they were put back. I also provided tongs and children’s chopsticks to use.
When I do this activity with preschool children or my grandchildren, I usally put a small tray underneath the containers to catch any marbles or pom poms that might roll away. Depending on the age of the child, they can use their hands to put them on the lid, tongs, or children’s chopsticks. Also, before the child leaves the area, we make sure we have all the marbles and all the pom poms.
This activity is not for children under 3 without direct supervision.