Crafts for Kids Summer

Twist-a-Pal Pool Noodle Craft

These are SO. MUCH. FUN! Not only was this Pool Noodle Craft easy and fun to make, but they have literally led to hours of fun for my kids. Can you say screen free? Add this twist-a-pal pool noodle activity to your summer bucket list or any time of the year… it will not disappoint!  This summer activity for kids is fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too!

These are SO. MUCH. FUN! Not only was this Pool Noodle Craft easy and fun to make, but they have literally led to hours of fun for my kids. Can you say screen free? Add this twist-a-pal pool noodle activity to your summer bucket list or any time of the year... it will not disappoint!  This summer activity for kids is fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too!

Pool Noodle Craft

Looking for an OUTRAGEOUSLY fun pool noodle craft that is fun to make and loads of fun to play with too! This clever pol noodle idea allows toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students to play and have fun on the pool deck all summer long. This is such a fun summer activity!

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What You Need: 

  • Pool Noodle
  • Permanent Marker
  • Large Popsicle Sticks
  • Tape
  • Serrated Knife 

** While the pool noodles are easy to cut with a serrated knife, please do not leave your children unattended with the knife. I did not let my daughter cut the pool noodles with the knife, just to be safe. 

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Pool Noodle Activity

To start, I combined two large popsicle sticks together with tape. I did this first so that I could measure the correct length of pool noodle. I did this by laying the popsicle sticks on top of the pool noodle and marking it off. I cut along this line.

Then I cut that section of pool noodle into thirds.

The purpose of the popsicle stick is, this is what is going to keep the pool noodle pieces together but allow them to twist as well.
Pool Noodle Activity

diy pool noodle ideas

There are three parts to these characters: the head, body and legs. You can literally choose any character you want. My daughter drew the characters onto the pool noodles with a permanent marker. The characters she chose were a princess, robot and a goofy looking man.

You could also do:

  • Cowboy
  • Prince
  • Football Player 
  • Soilder
  • Mail Carrier
  • Police Office 
  • Doctor 
  • Teacher 
  • Baby 
  • Dog 
  • Cat
  • Any animal really 
  • Or just three goofy characters

pool noodle ideas

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So what is the point of this? 

Each part of the character is on a different piece, and the pieces will twist. Which means you can have a princess head, with a robot body and a goofy man’s legs. 

When I tell you that this led to hours of creative fun, it really did. We ended up making multiple of these sets and they became the center of pretend play for hours! The creative ideas that my kids had were amazing to me and the giggles that were coming from my kids made my mama heart happy! 

 

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About the author

Deanna

Deanna Hershberger is a work at home mom, coffee obsessed, a diy addict and a Netflix binger. She spends her days playing and making with her daughter and enjoys quiet nights at home with her husband. She shares all of this on her blog Play Dough & Popsicles.

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