Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Use Your Noodle!

These fun ideas to use pool noodles comes from Great ideas for lots of fun this summer and beyond. Enjoy!

Pool Noodle Backyard Games

 Pool Noodle Backyard Games ~ How to make a target station by joining rings into colorful targets for  flying disks, soccer balls, and more. Stakes keep the target upright.

Agility Tire Jump Game  Agility Tire Jump Game ~ Duct-tape six rings to one another, then tape them to thicker (3 1/2-inch-wide) hollow pool noodle posts.

How to Make a Wicket Game  How to Make a Wicket Game ~ Use a hammer to pound two chopsticks or 1/4-inch dowels (cut to 10 to 12 inches long) halfway into the ground about 30 to 40 inches apart, depending on how tall you want your wickets. Slide a hollow pool noodle in place.

Summer Noodle Game  Summer Noodle Game ~ Cut a few swimming noodles in two, so that you have one half for each player. Scatter 20 or so blown-up balloons on the ground around a laundry basket.

Pool Noodle Lacing and Counting Pool Noodle Lacing and Counting ~ How to create a number game for preschoolers. It works on number recognition and one-to-one correspondence!

Water Noodle Lacing & Pattern Practice Water Noodle Lacing & Pattern Practice ~ This is a great activity for pre-schoolers and even kindergarteners. In fact, it is going to be one of my centers in pre-school this year.  It is a great way to practice patterns.

Pool Noodle ActivitiesPool Noodle Beading Games ~ Depending on the skills you’d like to work on with your tot, use a permanent marker to write on the pieces. I made an ABC set and Numbers 1-20 set. You could also leave some blank and use them for patterns.
Games to play:
  • Lace the “giant” beads on a piece of the clotheline or rope. (Motor Skills)
  • Lace the beads in ABC order. (Motor skills & Literacy)
  • Lace the beads in Number order. (Motor skills & Math)
  • Lace the beads to spell words or names. (Motor skills & Literacy)
Pool Noodle Chain Links Noodle Chain Links ~ The children made long and short chains and one little boy put his together to make a motorcycle.

Pool Noodle Marble Racetrack  Pool Noodle Marble Racetrack  ~ My kids love this activity. They will race marbles for hours. It’s a perfect indoor activity for a rainy day or can be taken outside so you can enjoy some sunshine. I hope you’ll give it a try and have as much fun with it as we have!  Here’s another pool noodle marble run tutorial from Family Fun.

How To Make Pool Noodle Lances How To Make Pool Noodle Lances ~ The pool noodles were decorated with crepe streamers (it’s what I had on hand, although in hind sight I wish I had used the colored duct tape.

How to make a Backyard Goalpost How to make a Backyard Goalpost ~ Kids can practice their placekicking — and increase the challenge as their aim improves — with this adjustable goalpost made from pool noodles.

Real-life quidditch tournament Real-life Harry Potter Quidditch Tournament ~ Made with pool noodles as the broomsticks, the orange nerfball is the quaffle, and the two small red ones are bludgers, and hula hoops for the goals.

Pool Noodle ActivitiesPool Noodle Floating Sculpture ~ How to make a sculpture that floats.   This a great activity that you can bring outside or in the bathtub too.  All you need is some cut up pool noodles and toothpicks.

Pool Noodles and Golf Tees Figures Pool Noodles and Golf Tees Figures ~ How to make fun figures and sculptures out of cut up pool noodles and golf tees.

Pool Noodle Painting ActivityPool Noodle Painting ~ Simply put some tempera paint in some recycled lids and put a cut noodle in each one and we were ready to print/paint.

How to Make Star Wars lightsabers out of pool noodlePool Noodle Lightsabers ~ How to Make Star Wars lightsabers out of pool noodles for a birthday party or just for fun.

super sprinkler games with pool noodlesPool Noodle Super Sprinkler ~ How to turn one into a super squirter that can be used to launch all sorts of fun and games, such as the High Water Jump shown here.

The Deluxe Kid Wash The Deluxe Kid Wash ~ The Kid Wash is crafted almost entirely from PVC pipe, a material we love not just for its low cost (about $30 for all the pieces shown here) and durability, but also for its ease of use (with all those interconnecting pieces — it’s like Tinkertoys for grown-ups).

1 comment:

  1. Great ideas! I will definitely try some of these activities with my little ones. Thanks for sharing them!!