PomPom Toss

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In this activity, learners play a game that helps young mathematicians recognize how the numbers 0 through 5 are related. Learners toss five pompoms into circle made out of string on the floor. Learners record the results by drawing a dot where each pompom landed on data sheet. Each learner takes four turns throwing the pompoms and recording where they land. Next, learners write number sentences under each illustration. For instance, if three pompoms landed inside the circle and two landed outside, the number sentence would be 3+2=5.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pompoms
  • Lengths of yarn
  • Paper
  • Crayons


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
    • Representation

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, Children's Museum of Houston, 2011