Using toilet paper and paper towel rolls!
Description: Tape the rolls to a wall, floor, or box. You can cut them or make a maze for the balls to fall through. You can also add colors to each tube or to each ball for color matching as shown in the picture to the left.
* This activity requires close supervision. However, this activity is considered kid centered/kid led play.
What tools and materials do I need?
- Computer & internet connection to listen to read-aloud story
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Paper Towel Rolls
- Pom Poms OR Cotton Balls, Marbles (*Please note if you use marbles they can be a choking hazard thus requiring adult supervision at all times)
- Masking tape, Painter’s tape, Safe tape for your walls or floor
- Tongs/Scoops (optional)
What should I do?
- Listen to the read-aloud of the storybook, Oscar and the Cricket written and illustrated by Geoff Waring. Children will learn about moving and rolling .
- Talk about the story. What surfaces did the ball roll down the best? Which were faster? Which were slower? Why?
- Present the activity to your child.
- Gather your materials.
- Set up the activity in a safe location that you can tape on.
- Create your tube slides or mazes.
- You could also work on color matching by coloring the tubes to match the color of the pompoms and instructing your child to match the colors. For example: “Can you put the blue pom poms down the blue slide?
- Why did the marble move faster than the pom-pom?
- If you create a maze: Which slide is faster? Why?
- Why do you think the pom-pom got stuck?
- How else could you set your slides up?
Suggested Ages: 3-5 years of age
Fine Motor Skills
Credit: ConnectionSpot.org on 07/02/2020