We recently played this game and I wanted to hurry and get it posted in case anyone out there was making Magnetic Pompoms to give as a Christmas gift. All you have to do is add dice to the gift for an extra activity!
What you need: Magnetic pompoms (or any type of marker really, dot markers, M&Ms, coins,…); Magnetic surface, Die (I found extra large foam dice at Target for $2), and your playing board of choice (you will need enough for each player to have their own board)
How to play: 1st player rolls the die and gets to place that number of pompoms onto their board. 2nd player follows. Continue until someone fills all spaces on their board with pompoms to win.
Simple enough! This is a good way to encourage counting and even basic addition and subtraction if wanted. Obviously the greater number of empty spaces on your board, the longer the game will last (and the more counting practice). You can use multiple dice at a time to encourage higher counting if your game board has enough empty spaces. Add a color spinner for an extra element of fun and some color matching (they must use both the correct number of pompoms AND in the correct color).
Scroll to the bottom of this link for lots of board options to choose from or you can make your own!
Age attempted: 31 months (if they can count to 6, they can play this game)