Nothing says summer like pool noodles! I always like to tuck a few away for other times of the year too. Cheap and easy to find, pool noodles have so many uses! Check out this giant list of 25 cool pool noodle activities for anytime play! Nothing too fancy or hard to set up, these pool noodle crafts and games include gross motor, fine motor, early learning, STEAM, sensory and more. Seriously fun outdoor activities for kids and even grown ups too! Which one will you try first?


25 Cool Pool Noodle Play Ideas for Kids DIY Pool Noodle Ideas and Activities


Most people think of pool noodles and think of swimming pools. When I think of pool noodles, I think about easy and fun pool noodle activities. Sure we use them to swim too but we also use them for quick and fun pool noodle ideas.

We love simple activities with simple materials and the quicker the set up the better! All of these pool noodle ideas will be a real hit in our house. We have already enjoyed several pool noodle activities this year, and I found quite a few more I want to try. Make sure to stock up on pool noodles for DIY pool noodle play you can really do!

25 Pool Noodle Activities

Pool Noodles and Shaving Cream

Put your engineering and design skills to work with this super fun building challenge using pool noodles and shaving cream.

Pool Noodle STEAM activity building with shaving cream

Toothpick Pool Noodle Structures

Another fun STEM challenge that is a lot less messy! Build your own structures with pool noodles and toothpicks.

Pool Noodle Structures Summer Engineering STEM Challenge for Kids

Pool Noodle Marble Run

A DIY marble run is so much fun to make and play with.  Here we made a marble run wall from pool noodles.  An easy pool noodle learning activity!

Build a pool noodle marble run for kids STEM activities and engineering projects.

Pool Noodle Letters

Learn and play with this fun and easy pool noodle learning activity.  Practice letter recognition while stacking and lacing your pool noodles.

Pool Noodle Letter Activity Stacking Patterning Threading Pool Noodle Alphabet Letters for preschool


Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter | Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Pool Noodle Boats| Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Pool Noodle Rocket Flinger | Frugal Fun 4 Boys

Pool Noodle Abacus | Happy Hooligans

Pool Noodle Catapult | Toddler Approved

Pool Noodle Water Wall | Teaching Mama

Pool Noodle Light Sabers | Kids Activities Blog

Pool Noodle Water Hose Play | Teach Preschool

Pool Noodle Water Bath Activity for Sensory Play | The Jenny Evolution

Pool Noodle Backyard Obstacle Course | Learn Play Imagine

Pool Noodles and Pom Poms Fine Motor Activity | School Time Snippets

Pool Noodle Shark | JDaniel4’s Mom

How To make A batting Tee from a Pool Noodle | JDaniel4’s Mom

Kicking It Croquet Style Fun | Inner Child Fun

Pool Noodle Javelin Throw | Therapy Fun Zone

Minion Craft | Pleasantest Thing

Pool Noodle Sprinkler | Paging Fun Moms 

Pool Noodle Boat Racing Game | See Vanessa Craft

Art Bot Art Projects | Handmade Kids Art

Base Ten Math Game with Pool Noodles | Educators Spin On It

Back To School Pencil Pool Noodle Craft | Lalymom

There are tons of unique pool noodle play ideas to fit everyone’s interests! You can even paint with them, use them for cutting skills practice, or even make a set of simple building blocks for quiet time play! The possibilities are endless for inexpensive but totally cool ideas. Tip: Adults can use a serrated knife to easily slice pool noodle pieces.

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Simple pool noodle play ideas are great for indoor and outdoor play!

Pool Noodle Play Ideas Gross Motor

Have you tried any pool noodle ideas this summer?

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