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Summer is just a few weeks away!
Our days are getting hotter which means parents are looking for ways to entertain the kiddos without spending a ton of money?
Is that you? If so, you do not want to miss this list of fun things kids can do with pool noodles – besides swim or bop a sibling on the head!
Play and Learn with Pool Noodles
Pool noodles are cheap! If you have a Dollar Store nearby, you should be able to pick up a few for just a dollar each. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about cheap entertainment during the dog days of summer!
Everyone I know grabs pool noodles at the beginning of summer. They’re great for lounging in the pool, right? I always steal my kids’ noodles to float around the pool. Please tell me I’m not the only one!
Pool noodles aren’t just for the pool, though. They can be used for all sorts of crafts and activities for kids. These ideas are great for summer play and all year long.
Read on for 15 great ways to play with pool noodles this summer!
Building Pool Noodle Structures with Toothpicks – This is genius! We’ve built structures with marshmallows and toothpicks. We’ve built structures with gumdrops and toothpicks. I’ve never considered building with pool noodles!
DIY Pool Noodle Race Track – Kids will love racing marbles on their very own race tracks made out of pool noodles! Older kids might enjoy the challenge of using toy cars. Can they keep them centered to finish the race?
Jousting – Bring history to life (or just have some messy backyard fun) with this fun twist on jousting!
Simple DIY Boats in the Water Table – Leave that water table out a little bit longer, and let your little ones make these simple boats.
Pool Noodle Sharks – Use a pool noodle and an egg carton to make fun shark puppets!
DIY Pool Noodle Lily Pad – What would your kids float on their homemade lily pads?
DIY Goal Post – This is perfect for your next game of backyard football!
Water Sensory Exploration in the Bathtub – Make bath time more fun with pool noodles!
DIY Pool Noodle Lightsabers – Your little Star Wars fans will love making their own lightsabers!
5 awesome ideas for incorporating pool noodles into your homeschool preschool!
Place Value Games – Have fun in math class by playing these place value games. Not ready for place value? Try number order or even just number recognition.
Build Word Towers for Beginner Readers – Beginning readers will love practicing reading with this fun game.
ABC Order with Giant Alphabet Beads – Turn your pool noodles into giant letter beads and string them in ABC order.
DIY Outdoor Letter Line – This is a great letter recognition activity for preschoolers.
Five Little Ducks – This might be my favorite idea so far! Check out this fun activity for Five Little Ducks! It could easily be adapted to go along with Five Green Speckled Frogs and Five Little Monkeys, as well.
There you have it! I hope this list has given you plenty of ideas for using pool noodles in many different ways. I hope, too, that this list has sparked your creativity and you have thought of even more ways to use them.