We made these Pom Pom Paper Strawberries a while ago using items we had laying around the house. I’ve found that very simple crafts are the most enjoyable for both me and my toddler. Trying to cram in too many detailed steps or tasks that need to be performed by an adult often causes her to lose interest in the craft or activity. This activity is super easy to make and will keep your young one intrigued throughout the process.
Practicing her scissor cutting skills has been one of my daughters favorite things lately. She loves feeling independent enough to cut things out so I’ve been trying to incorporate crafts that allow her to cut the shapes out. Making a strawberry is perfect because it includes wavy lines, rounded corners and even spiky sharp angles for the leaves.
Pom poms are one of my favorite craft materials for activities with my toddler. She loves using them in her open ended craft time, and so I try to incorporate them when we are making something specific. I saw an activity online where you give your little one a bunch of rainbow colored pom poms, a clothespin and a box with multiple compartments. They then pick up the pom poms with their clothespin and sort them into the appropriate compartment based on color. This activity is super adorable, but a little young for my daughter. I thought it would be fun to use the same concept of picking up pom poms with a clothespin but using them as our paint “brushes” to make easy polka dots.
Follow along below to make your own pom pom strawberry.
What you need:
- Small crafting pom poms
- Black paint
- Small bowl
- Red paper
- Green paper
- Scissors (use small rounded kids’ scissors if your toddler plans to do the cutting)
Step 1 –
Draw a strawberry shape on the red paper. Have your little one cut out the strawberry shape if they are able to use scissors.
Step 2 –
Draw spiky leaves on the green paper. Have your little one cut out the leaves from the green paper. Glue the leaves to the top crown of the strawberry.
Step 3 –
Pour a small amount of black paint into a bowl.
Step 4 –
Have your little one use a clothespin to pinch a pom pom and pick it up.
Step 5 –
Dip the pom pom into the black paint and onto the strawberry to make the polka dot seeds. Once covered in seeds, allow the strawberry to dry.