A pom pom rescue is a good way to work on fine motor skills, not to mention a great way to keep our 18 month old happy when we want to work on quiet activities, like their VE Day reading comprehension.


  • Hand whisk
  • Pom poms


My trusty assistant, Ioan, set this up for Cian. He selected red, white and blue pom poms to fit with the VE Day theme.

Cian proudly showed his brothers as he pulled the pom poms out. Then, without prompting, he put them all back in again.

DfES Outcomes for EYFS (2013)

Physical Development

Moving and handling (8 to 20 months)

  • Passes toys from one hand to the other.
  • Picks up small objects between thumb and fingers.

Personal, social and emotional development

Self-confidence and self-awareness (16 to 26 months)

  • Explores new toys and environments, but ‘checks in’ regularly with familiar adult as and when needed.


Shape, space and measures (16 to 26 months)

  • Enjoys filling and emptying containers.

Understanding the world

The World (16 to 26 months)

  • Explores objects by linking together different approaches: shaking, hitting, looking, feeling, tasting, mouthing, pulling, turning and poking.