05/06/2015

DIY: Pom Pom Colour Sorter

Ever since I started using Pinterest I constantly find myself wanting to get creative making homemade activities and educational learning tools for Penelope. It's been an incredible source of inspiration for me, I love how I have the potential to create lots of fun things. There's most likely something similar out there already if you look for it but I happens to find an old card board box laying around the flat with holes in it. I thought I could totally make use of this somehow surely. I came up with the idea of making a Pom Pom Colour Sorter as the holes were already the perfect size for such an activity. 

If you are not aware of the concept of this activity then I shall quickly explain, its dead simple really. Your child will have a mixed bundle of coloured pom poms infront of them and then has to select a colour and insert that pom pom into the correctly coloured hole. It's fantastic for coordination and learning their colours. As you can tell Penelope is far to young to be able to use this activity right now, but that's exactly why I chose to do it now. I'd like to be prepared for when she is of age so that I have some activity's set and ready to go when she is ready for them. Who knows what will happen in a year or two I might not be in a position to have time to make them. Don't get me wrong I don't have the time now really who does with a young baby/child right?! But I try my best to make an effort to create things for her.  My god I also know i'm not crafting professional, I never got the gift of being a fantastic drawer or painter. I don't want to forget any of the ideas I have so make them as I go along, so I'm sure a lot of people out there can make their own improvements on it.  I enjoy the feeling of putting things away for her to use at a later time, I feel like a super mum.

Here's how I made it:
  • I had some silicone cupcake cases in the cupboard which I thought were brilliant to   be used as my paint pallet. I don't get a chance to bake anymore anyway so what the hell! The box I had was an old Capri Sun box so I had to paint it with two coats to cover it properly but I did three just to be extra anal. I chose to paint it blue, why? I'm not entirely sure it's what I thought would work best I suppose. 
  • I glued the sides of the box shut so they wouldn't open. 
  • The next thing I did was paint coloured rims around the holes in the box to indicate what colours go into which holes. I did two coats for each one so the colours were as bold as possible. To also help the colours stand out I outlined the rims with a black sharpie. This helped make it a little more put together if I'm honest. 
  • I added some pretty garden stickers around the box to make it appealing for Penelope as fun colourful looking things will always out do anything plain and boring. 
  • Lastly I added some more personalized touches using a lettering stamp kit which I bought from Hobby Craft. I love these stamps, I like using them in a way that they are a little messy looking, I really like the style of it.






 All I need to do now is buy some pom poms pop them into a little bag and pin it to the inside of this box to keep them all together. you can buy pom poms from pretty much anywhere I've seen them in supermarkets, on Amazon and many other places so they are really easy and inexpensive to get hold of. This was such an easy make but I know that Penny will adore playing this and will have hours upon hours of fun with it!

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