Living in the 21st century, pool noodles are no longer as exciting for their intended use. People have gotten more creative with this amazing invention, particular for use in fun toddler activities.
There are tons of creative ideas for pool noodles nowadays. They’re so affordable and easy to find in the summer, only $1 at the dollar store or in bulk online. When cut into smaller strips, the opportunities for their use become endless.
With one main tool, the pool noodle, we can have loads of fun with exciting and educational toddler activities. In this post, I’ve included a list of 50 toddler activities using pool noodles.
How Does One Cut A Pool Noodle?
Whether you’re cutting them in half, into several slices of identical or varying sizes, into a spiral, or lenghtwise, cutting them is fairly easy.
A kitchen knife or utility knife will do the trick. Just watch those precious fingers!
50 Creative Pool Noodle Uses for Toddlers
Here are 50 ideas for creative toddler activities ideal for toddlers broken down into categories.
- Fine Motor
- Large-Scale Uses
Of this list, the majority of these activity ideas require the pool noodles to be cut into slices, some cut across lengthwise, and some used halved or whole.
You may also need additional things for these activities such as string, tape, pom poms, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, pegs, a sharpie, plastic bin, sand, water, marble, or toy cars.
Fine Motor Activities
- Color sorting
- Letters or numbers recognition
- Letter or number matching
- Spelling and name recognition activities
- Alphabetical order and counting
- Addition and subtraction stacking
- Geometric shape building
- Physics experiment – connected to strings for weights and balance
- Flower garden
- Monster sculpture
- Animal creatures
- Wreath base
- Pom pom shooter
- Water blaster
- Building cities
- Small or large raft
The kids and I are working on going through the majority of this list so stay tuned for more pictures and tutorials.
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My name is Paula and I’m a mom of two scrumptious cuties. Thanks Mommy Blog became a project for me to help guide other new moms and current moms through any of my own personal experiences and struggles. My hobbies include singing, doing jigsaw puzzles, baking, designing and trying to stay creative.