Christmas Theme STEAM Activity with Pompoms

The colorful pompoms in this STEAM activity provide lots of different ways for kids to build and create. This simple hands-on activity engages kids in fine motor and sensory play while implementing the principles of STEAM.

Christmas theme pompom STEAM activity for kids - Preschool Toolkit

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Christmas crafts and activities are often inspired by stories and traditions of the season. 

The colors, shapes and textures are seen in Christmas trees, candy canes, wreaths, and more. 

In this STEAM activity, kids can make shapes, create designs, count and sort colors, and work within a defined space.


supplies for pom pom STEAM Christmas activity - Preschool Toolkit

  • bottle caps



pom pom tree fine motor Christmas activity - Preschool Toolkit

Christmas tree

Set up the activity

We used a craft tray we made from a box lid to pick up the supplies, transport them to the work area, and use as a space for the activity.

We put a sheet of craft foam on the bottom of the tray to help keep the bottle caps from sliding around.

We sorted out the red, green and yellow pompoms from all the colors we had on hand.

How to play

1. Start with a pyramid to form a Christmas tree.

2. Place pompoms in the bottle caps, 1 large pompom or 2 -3 small pompoms. Use fingers or a grasping tool to pick up pompoms.


Introducing play with a Christmas tree shape will invite kids to experiment with other shapes and colors.

The following examples will give you more ideas for building and creating with pompoms!


pom pom Christmas tree STEAM activity - Preschool Toolkit

Christmas tree with lights and a glittering topper!

pom pom wreath fine motor Christmas activity - Preschool Toolkit

Christmas wreath with a red bow!

candy cane fine motor pom pom Christmas activity - Preschool Toolkit

Candy cane!


This simple activity is fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Counting and designing with colorful pompoms promotes hands-on interaction with materials to exercise developmental skills.


science: shapes

technology: tweezers or tongs

engineering: work space, materials needed

art: design, colors

math: counting, sorting


What can you create with bottle caps and pompoms? Share your ideas in the comments!


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