Friday, February 12, 2016

Pom Pom Run

We have made the Pom Pom Run several times now, the last time was during a blizzard that kept us in the house for three days. This project has some pro and cons. The upside of this project is working with Little E to design the different parts. The downsides of this project are: a) it takes about 30-45 minutes for set-up b) usually cannot stay up for more than a day c) the one-year-old tries to eat the pom poms and bells.

I have a box in our basement that I use to collect things I think I can use again for crafts. My husband thinks this is a trash box -- we see the world so differently :) To make this project I used items from my much loved recycle box and craft box, nothing was purchased. Here is what we used:
  • Paper towel rolls
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Painter’s tape - I have found this is the easiest to get off the wall without taking off paint, but also sticks well. I would call this one of my essential craft items!
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Ballon
  • Drum stick
  • Birthday hats
  • Pom poms and bells

Every time we make this project we come up with a new configuration! There is no planning, we literally just start taping tubes to the wall and let inspiration carry us!
I give Little E some tape and we just start putting the rolls onto the wall, then figure how out to connect them. There is always a little bit of tweaking to make sure the pom poms and bells flow smoothly from one tube to the next. We cut up some of the rolls to make ramps or “catchers” to assist the pom poms on their way to the finish line. Here is a diagram of what this Pom Pom run consisted of.

This is a project that is going to take some patience and time. As long as I kept giving Little E a task, such as holding the tape, taping something down, putting the pom poms down the tubes to test the flow she stayed engaged. However, if I started to just do it myself she would lose interest and start doing her own thing. Here are some photos of Little E enjoying the Pom Pom Run!





I hope you enjoy this little project as much as we do!

Written by: Shawna

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