Friday, March 16, 2012

Magnetic Pom Pom Activity

Recently, seven friends and I decided to do a busy bag swap. (For more on what a "busy bag swap" is, go here). It seemed like a great idea, and I'm always looking for ways to keep C-bub entertained. As I was browsing, I came upon this, and thought it would be fairly easy to make 8 sets. Well, this "easy" project became much more involved than I had expected!

First I wanted to give my friends a complete set that they could take in their diaper bags/purses when they were on the go, so no cookie sheets or baking pans. I thought, I'll just go to Home Depot and buy some metal sheets. How simple would that be. After much looking around, I decided to go with something like this sheet metal that is used for roofing. However instead of buying individual sheets, I got a roll that was 8" by like 20 ft long. Needless to say I have a lot leftover. But it was much cheaper to go this route.

Since you need special metal cutting scissors (which I wasn't about to spend $13 on), one of the sweet employees at Home Depot spent the next 15 minutes with me cutting 8 sheets that were 8"x10".

The edges were very sharp, so I wrapped the border with silver duct tape.

I wanted them cut to 8"x10" since I was going to put them in sheet protectors. I also wanted room to put an adhesive magnetic strip (leftover from what I had used for the pom poms) at the opening so the metal sheet and the worksheets would not fall out.

This is the first one I made. For the rest I didn't use a long strip across the top, but rather just a little piece of magnet (about 1.5 inches in length). I found that to be better since the long strip kept closing when I would take the worksheets in and out.
Okay, now to how I assembled the kits...

Supplies needed:

-metal sheets
-sheet protectors (I got these at
-flexible adhesive magnetic strip (something like this)
-pom poms (got a several bags like this one from Hobby Lobby, but others have scored some for cheap at the dollar store)
-hot glue gun
-worksheets* (see below for free templates)

1. Go through the drama of buying a huge heavy roll of metal from Home Depot and cut individual sheets. Or just use a metal cookie sheet that you have in your baking drawer. :)
2. Cut the magnetic strip into pieces that are about 1"x1".
3. Use hot glue gun to glue the magnetic pieces to the pom poms.

4. Print out the worksheets*.
5. Put the metal sheet into sheet protector (if going this route) and put one worksheet in front of it and the rest behind it. Rotate worksheets for endless fun! ;)

*Here are the templates I made. I got inspiration from here, but I also came up with a few other fun ones. Please note that they have faint lines where you are to cut them so they can be 8"x10" since I wanted them to be the same size as the metal sheet.

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My friend used this activity to keep her 3 year-old entertained on a plane ride recently, and she said he played with it for 30 minutes. That's a success to me!

Happy Crafting!


  1. Hi! I just got this assignment for my neighborhood busy bag swap and was searching for something cheaper than buying everyone a cookie sheet. :-) I love your Home Depot idea, and I actually found galvanized steel 8" x 12" roof shingles there for $.95 each. I also used your duct tape idea, and just jazzed it up with zebra print Duck brand duct tape. These are turning out SOOO cute! I will probably include one printable template with each set, then direct the moms to your website for more. Thank you so much!

  2. The Dollar Tree sells cookie sheets that a piece of paper fits on perfectly for just $1 each. No duct tape needed!

  3. I just bought cookie sheets from Dollar Tree for $1.00 each. Then I saw the round pizza ones also for $1.00. I was going to experiment with foil as a Science project. We shall see what happens.

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