How to play cool games and make fun summer crafts using foam pool noodles.  You and your kids will have so much fun with these pool noodle activities, decorating, preschool learning tools, and all of the amazing pool noodle games you can play!

pool noodle games and activities



Pool noodles can be purchased at the Dollar Store and therefore are a really cheap way to entertain your kids and the neighbor kids this summer!

Summer Pool Noodle Wreath Tutorial

DIY Decorating

1.  Summer Pool Noodle Wreath Tutorial ~ How to make an adorable summer wreath out of a pool noodle, fabric, and some felt.

Make a Pool Noodle Garland

2.  Make a Pool Noodle Garland ~ This project is so simple, and really adds such a bright and playful element to your outdoor decor- plus it’s weather-proof!

How to make a Pool Noodle Flower Garland

3.  Pool Noodle Flower Garland Tutorial ~ How to turn a pair of noodles into some nifty room decor and make these darling pool noodle wall flower garland.

Pool Noodle Flower Straws

4.  Pool Noodle Flower Straws ~ Cut pool noodles into flowers with a kitchen knife and then attach to some straws for a fun little table decor, preschool play group snack, or just for fun.

Pool Noodle Bouquet

5.  Pool Noodle Bouquet ~ Create a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day, or any occasion. Write on each leaf something your child says they like about mom.

How to make a Pool Noodle Headboard

6.  How to make a Pool Noodle Headboard ~ This headboard was created using several of them stacked on top of one another. Check out the dollar stores during the summer and you can create this headboard for cheap.  Here’s another DIY noodle headboard from Family Fun.

chair and ottoman made entirely of foam noodle-like tubes

7.  A chair and ottoman made entirely of foam noodle-like tubes, like the ones kids play with in a pool.

Pool Noodle Candy Canes

8. Pool Noodle Candy Canes ~ You can easily transform round pool noodles into mint decorations with just some fishing line and ribbon.

Pool Noodle Backyard Games

Cool Games & Backyard Sports

9.  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

10.  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

11.  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

12.  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 Activities

13.  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

14.  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 Activities

15.  Pool 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

16.  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

17.  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

Summer Fun

18.  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

19.  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

20.  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.

No-Sew Felt Cupcakes Tutorial

Pool Noodle Crafts

21.  No-Sew Felt Cupcakes Tutorial ~ Easy-to-make no sew felt cupcakes that can be made for pennies each out of pool noodles, pom poms, and felt.

Pool Noodle Activities

22.  Pool 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

23.  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 Activity
24. Pool 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 noodle

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

DIY Pool Noodle Spider Halloween Costume

26.  DIY Pool Noodle Spider Halloween Costume ~ Quickly craft a creepy, crawly spider costume for your little one by using old pool noodles and a bathmat to create the effect of spider legs.

Pool Noodle Home Tips

Pool Noodle Shopping Cart Safety

27.  Shopping Cart Safety ~ How to cover the metal handle of a shopping cart to protect your baby while shopping.

Cheap and Easy, Travel Bed Rail

28.  Cheap and Easy, Travel Bed Rail ~ Do you have a toddler who doesn’t fit in a play yard anymore? Or perhaps you co sleep and can’t bring all the comforts of home on your trip.  Well I found a solution.

Pool Noodle Baby Shade

29.  Pool Noodle Baby Shade ~ with some PVC pipe, some connectors, a tarp, zip ties and voila!  The Made In The Shade pool shade was invented.

super sprinkler games with pool noodles

Backyard Wet & Wild

30.  Pool 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
31.  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).

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