Ten ways to use your noodle

If you haven’t noticed yet, pool noodles are not just for summer time fun any more. It is hard for me to pass up a pool noodle that is on sale because I am always thinking, “I bet I could come up with one more thing to do with noodles this year that we haven’t done before!”…

Noodle Building

The wonderful thing about noodles is they are soft and light weight so they make a great tool for building and construction outdoors or indoors….

Noodle Geometry

We also explored making different shapes with our noodles.

Noodle Roads

And how about making a road or racetrack?

Noodle Parking Lot

Noodles can lead to all sorts of play with a little thinking outside the box…

Noodle Jumping

Noodles do invite some large motor play too like jumping…

Noodle Chains

Just cut up some noodles and you can make a noodle chain

Noodle Blocks

Noodles make wonderful blocks. We used our noodles for sorting and stacking…

Noodle Water Play

I added a few noodles to our water play as well for a little exploration….

Noodle Painting

Noodle painting is a simple art process for young children to enjoy…

Noodle Marble Runs

Get your little engineers thinking and constructing their own marble runs too…

Yes, I will be stocking up on foam noodles again this year to see what else we can come up with!

Available on Amazon

Links to Grow On

Noodle Threading from I Can Teach My Child

Five Ways to use Pool Noodles on Dry Land from The Body Smart Blog

Noodle Puppets from Sippy Cup Central

Noodle Lacing and Patterning from My Little Gems

Noodle Flowers from No Time for Flashcards

Pool Noodle Light Saber from Frugal Fun for Boys

Pool Noodle Marble Run from Play Create and Explore

Pool Noodle Sculptures from Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning

By |2012-07-14T18:11:41+00:00July 14th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jennifer Worrell July 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    What great ideas! I’ll be heading down to the Wal-Mart for some noodles!

  2. Sarah @ Frugal Fun for Boys July 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I love the painting idea! I’ve been gathering ideas for fun objects to stamp with for my 3 year old. The water play looks fun too.

  3. sue fromm July 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Don’t have pictures….. used flat adhesive foam shapes on small length of noodle to create a paint roller. Works best if both ends are left bare to use as handles.

  4. Catherine July 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Don’t forget, you can slice the noodles into rings and thread them with a shoe lace: fine motor skills, making patterns, write numbers on them and practice ordering numbers (increasing and decreasing, skip-counting, ect) or use letters (alphabet, to create CVC words, or CVCe words)

  5. Catherine July 14, 2012 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Oh- by the way – Dollar Tree (or similar stores) have noodles for a $1 each.

  6. Kelly at Little Wonders' Days July 14, 2012 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    I love the marble run idea. I think we’ll have to try that one soon.

  7. Maria Elberson July 15, 2012 at 8:31 am - Reply

    What great ideas!! I have been a preschool sub for the past two years and this fall is my first year as a full-time teacher. I am so excited and so happy that I found your site! What a wealth of information/ideas!

  8. Heidi Butkus July 15, 2012 at 10:50 am - Reply

    What did you use to cut the noodle in half to make the marble run? Love it!
    Heidi Butkus

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

      Hello Heidi,
      I used a sharp knife from my kitchen:) The noodles are super easy to slice and dice!

  9. Amy Johnson July 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I love your site. Thanks for all your hard work. I have nominated your for a blog award.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      Wow Amy! Thank you for nominating my blog for an award. I will stop by and take a look! Super sweet of you.


  10. Sarah July 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    You gave me some great ideas for increasing mileage out of one item. Thanks! 🙂

  11. SS July 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    I love these ideas. I had seen some of these ideas posted on Teach Preschool previously, so when I finally had a chance to pick some up at dollar tree, I snapped up a bunch (I do not recommend navigating through the rest of the store with a double stroller and an armload of noodles, though). After reading an article in Disney Family Fun Magazine, I stuck wooden skewers (they recommended chop sticks) into the ground, and bent the noodles up into arches that my kids love to crawl through as a part of a backyard obstacle course. We incorporated our play tent and some hula hoops into our course. Some noodles were left loose, and the kids dragged those through the course as an added challenge. I planned to bring the noodles in when the weather turned cold, and turn them into marble runs and some of your other ideas, but now I think I’ll go back and get more, and hope for enough snow to experiment with chilly noodle fun!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 17, 2012 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      Oh now you have me for sure planning to head back to the store for more noodles but I will keep your tip in mind and leave the double stroller at home:)

  12. Debs July 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Oooh, what a lot of great ideas! I think I need to get some more pool noodles here!

  13. Maryland Math Tutor July 20, 2012 at 7:23 am - Reply

    Thats a great idea little kids thinking that they are engineers and constructing their own marble runs too and the idea of making noodles chain was great .

  14. crystal @ Growing A Jeweled Rose July 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    WOW! Great post! I had only done two of these activities… man, I really need to use my noodle more 🙂

  15. Nicole Coro December 18, 2012 at 9:42 am - Reply

    I came across this site and thought you might like Canoodle. It’s a new, fun and innovative toy that utilizes noodles. It promotes imagination and creative thinking. Visit the website serranoventions.com to see more about Canoodle 🙂

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