for baby proofing
for jousting or playing indoor golf
for jumping games
as elephant callers
for stringing practice (blindfolded, too)
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We love our pool noodles so much that we keep finding different ways to use them:
We use them for a different kind of fine motor practice by "lacing" them onto drumsticks jammed in play dough. This was too simple for my preschooler but my toddler loved it!
The first drumstick game led to this second one, where Mini Me held the stick in his hand and tried to add noodle rings to his stick. It took a lot of coordination and he did wonderfully.
We love to sort noodle rings in our muffin tin games!
They are also good to practice stacking.
Pool noodle rings make beautiful stamps!
Little Lady, at one and a half, can now string the noodle rings onto our rope.
We have a blast when we spread out the noodle rings and pretended they are little islands we have to step on to cross the rug. It takes balance! At first we put some noodle rings in a straight path to walk across.
Even Mommy did it!
Sometimes we spread all the noodle rings over the rug and call out where we have to step: "Step on one blue and one pink!" or "Step on two flowers first, then two rings next!" or "Put your left foot on a blue one!". Mini Me and I take turns giving the instructions.
Pool noodles on the rug is a game that provides us fun on a regular basis.
Mini Me has fun using kitchen tongs to string the noodle rings onto the rope. For an extra challenge, I have him try to make a pattern.
Noodle rings are also great to use as just a toy, like blocks. Mini Me spent a long time with his cars and the noodle rings, driving around them, making piles to crash into, or burying cars under a pile of noodle rings.
Pool noodles go great with play dough. We used them to make faces, flowers, plates for our "food", and we were able to use them as stamps in our softer, home made play dough. Sticking a plastic utensil in a mound of play dough allowed us to stack the noodles on the "post".
And I don't know why it took me so long to figure out that our pool noodle rings would be great fun to use in the tub! Of course! We floated them, stacked them, sorted them, and I elicited the most giggles when I lined them up on the edge of the tub and flicked them so they soared through the air to bop the kids on their foreheads or chests or arms. The laughter was infectious!
As soon as stores are carrying summer supplies again, I need to get us some new noodle colors!Pin It