Pool Noodle Crafts and Activities

‘Tis the season of stores overrun with pool noodles, cheaper by the dozen, and so the time to find pool noodle crafts and activities to try! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

 

Did you know that there are about a zillion things you can do with pool noodles - other than swimming with them?! These fun pool noodle crafts and activities make great fun summer activities for kids of all ages - but some of them are perfect for year round!

 

Pool noodles are versatile, flexible, easy to cut, and huge. They are cheap and therefore perfect for giant fun.

I wanted to present you with some ideas of my own but we don’t have space for such large scale fun, so instead I spent days scouring the web and asking around for ideas from other bloggers. Make sure to check out the tutorial for each by clicking through. Leave a comment once you’re at it…

 

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18 Pool Noodle Crafts

 

1-2. Float these pool noodle boats by Our Family of Seven. Or try out another great version by Simple Fun for Kids.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

3. Kids Activities Blog has these awesome pool noodle lightsabers you can make!

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

4. Make these magnificent luminaries with a tutorial from Create Craft Love.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

5-6. Here are two ways to build with pool noodles – one from Child Central Station and one from And Next Comes L.

 

 

7. What? That’s a noodle? That’s what people will say when they see this magnificent column by Epbot (if you choose to tell them).

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

8. This jumbo pencil by Lalymom also doubles as a “chalk holder” for keeping fussy hands clean!

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

9. Can you spot the pool noodles here? Check out this genius idea for pool noodle wood piles from Miss Kopy Kat.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

10. Make these adorable bees by And Next Comes L.

 

 

11. PBS has a great tutorial for making hobby horses from pool noodles.

 

 

12 This one is slightly seasonal, but you’ll want to bookmark it for when Hanukkah comes around… because there’s nothing quite as festive as a jumbo Menorah courtesy of Bible Belt Balabusta!

 

 

13. See this Instructable for making a beverage barge from pool noodles, of course.

 

 

14. Learn how to use a noodle as the base of a wreath, such as this flip flop wreath by Fox Hollow Cottage.

 

 

15. You can also use this technique by Bugaboo, Mini, Mr & Me to make a lucky wreath, or a wreath in any shape.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

16. Sew Many Ways has so many ways to use pool noodles – not limited to these fun napkin rings. Make sure to check them all out.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

17. Tangles with Teaching used pool noodles for an integral part of this Dr. Suess themed classroom.

 

 

18. A noodle, of course, serves as the vital base for this spider by Molly Moo crafts.

 

 

 

4 Pool Noodle Art Ideas

 

 

19-21. Pool Noodles are great for printing! I Can Teach My Child makes olympic rings, Toddler Approved makes pumpkins, and Life Over C’s makes apples.

 

 

22. Wow, wow, and wow! Check out this real working art bot made by Handmade Kids Art.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 


 

 

23 Pool Noodle Activities

 

23-24. Learn Play Imagine is a pro at making huge backyard obstacle courses from pool noodles, along with many other outdoor play ideas.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

25. Pool noodles play an essential role in this cookout themed bath by Growing Book by Book. (try it in the kiddie pool too?)

 

 

26-27. A pom pom shooter or a confetti popper – it’s your choice! Check out these simple ideas by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

28. This pool noodle water wall  by Teaching Mama looks like a blast!

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

29. Make a pool noodle catapult by Toddler Approved.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

30. These simple blocks by I Can Teach my Child are perfect for quiet time, indoors or out.

 

 

31. Pool noodle train tracks by Play Trains make for large-scale fun.

 

 

32. Turn pool noodles into a massive building toy by making these connectors via A Little Pinch of Perfect.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

33. Therapy Fun Zone has turned pool noodles into a javelin throw with a simple tutorial. (Browse around – there are more great ideas there using pool noodles).

 

 

34-35. Frugal Fun 4 Boys always has the best inexpensive play ideas, including this pool noodle rocket flinger! and this marble run too!

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

36. The Jenny Evolution uses pool noodles in simple sensory play.

 

 

37. Pool noodles make a great water bead slide too! Check out how Teach Me Mommy uses them.

 

 

38. This visual motor ring by Therapy Fun Zone looks like a blast!

 

 

39. Paging Fun Moms turned a pool noodle into the coolest sprinkler ever.

 

 

40. Pre-K Pages made a pretend play garden – a great DIY toy!

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

41-45. Here are five more ideas for summer fun using pool noodles courtesy of The Joys of Boys.

 

 

 

4 Ideas for Pool Noodle Learning

 

 

46. Learn outdoors this summer with an outdoor letter line by Adventures of Adam.

 

 

47. Make a pool noodle abacus for outdoor learning by Happy Hooligans.

 

Check out this fun master list of pool noodle crafts and activities for all ages! These are all so much fun!

 

 

48. Pre-K Pages uses pool noodles for learning syllables.

 

49. Mama Pea Pod uses noodles to teach about patterns hands-on.

 

 

50+ Check out my new list with even more ideas for pool noodle activities, including some fun hacks!

You won't believe it's a pool noodle! Check out how many things you can do with a pool noodle! Pool noodle activities, crafts, and hacks.

 

What ideas do you have for pool noodle crafts and activities?

 

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You will absolutely love this fun list of unconventional craft supplies that are easy and cheap to stock! And it also includes lots of crafts to make with them (including plenty of upcycled crafts)

 

 

'Tis the season of stores overrun with pool noodles, cheaper by the dozen, and so the time to look into pool noodle crafts and activities to try!

 

 

14 Comments

  1. Thanks for compiling a wonderful round-up of noodle ideas, and for including my Swim Noodle Menorah!

  2. So many fun ideas here. I really want to make those cute boats with my son now. We used a pool noodle for his old car seat as well to keep it at the right angle – a trick from the professional car seat techs! I do wish we had an actual pool to use the noodles in though:)

  3. This is such a fantastic post I had to have my husband come over to try to find the pool noodles in some of them… that column is so awesomely creative! Nice work finding all the pool noodle creativity 🙂

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  6. I was checking to see if anyone knew of a way to use a pool noodle as a desk guard? My work desk has that awful rubber part that shreds and makes you itch.

    • I haven’t heard of that, but if you manage to pick one up at the dollar store, it can’t hurt to try! Try slicing it vertically to the center hole and placing it on the edge – it may work? Or you might need to slice off a bit to create a 90 degree angle and stick it on.

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  8. Cut two lengths (the heigth of your boots) to keep your boots from bending over at the ankles. Hot glue a length of ribbon at the tops of the noodles to keep them in a matched set for each pair of boots.

  9. There are so many fun and creative uses for pool noodles. I always pick up extra in the summer to use for crafts throughout the year. What a great list!

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