5 Summer Pool Noodle Activities

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These  Pool Noodle Activities will have your kids entertained for hours.  We’ve had them now for 2 years and they still provide hours of fun.

Pool Noodle activities

Pool Noodle Activities

I love summertime!  And I love activities that get my kids outside and active.   These pool noodles activities are perfect for little boys!  Not only can they use up some of their endless energy but you don’ t have to worry about them getting hurt because they are using pool noodles.  When I found pool noodles for sale at the dollar store I was so excited to create some fun games and activities for my kids.  I think the lady that helped me out must have thought I was crazy as she watched me shoving pool noodles into every square inch of my car.  But we fit and I made it home safe.

Pool Noodle Activities

1- Giant Ring TossPool noodle activities

Items needed:

  • 6 or more 3/4″ wooden dowels.  We used 4 ft long but you could use shorter depending on how tall you want your game to be
  • 6 or more pool noodles

(Make sure the diameter of the noodle hole is the same diameter of the dowels that you buy.  Some of our noodles had a 1″ diameter and those won’t work for making the rings unless you buy 1″ dowels)

pool noodle activitiesStep 1: Use a hammer to pound the dowels into the ground.

Pool noodle activitiesStep 2: Position one noodle onto each dowel until completely covered.pool noodle activities

Step 3:  Cut a dowel into 6″ segments.  One for each ring you are making.pool noodle activities

Step 4: Insert one of the cut dowels into a noodle to make a ring.Pool Noodle Activities

Step 5: Secure with duct tape.Pool Noodle Activities

Step 6: Assign different points to different targets and start play.

2-Pool Noodle Target Station

Pool Noodle Activities

Items needed:

  • At least 9 pool noodles
  • Three 4 ft long, 3/4″ wooden dowels

Step 1: Make 6 rings as described above in the Giant Ring Toss game.Pool Noodle Activities

Step 2: Use duct tape to tape 6 rings together.  3 on top, 3 on bottom.  Then tape the rings to two hollow pool noodle posts.Pool Noodle Activities

Step 3: Use a hammer to pound two 3/4″ dowels into the ground (ours were 48″ long) and slide the target station onto the posts.Pool Noodle Activities

Step 4: Then throw hollow pool noodles at the target.  You can assign different point values to different rings. (My boys would have played with this all night long if we didn’t make them come in for bed.  They loved it!)

(Idea for target station adapted from Family Fun Magazine)

3- Pool Noodle CroquetPool Noodle Activities

 Items needed:

  • 6-8 pool noodles
  • 4-5 3/4″ dowels cut to 12″ in length

Step 1: Use a hammer to pound two dowels into the ground, approx 30″ apart for each wicket you are making.  (Can be further apart depending on how tall you want the wicket.)  Slide pool noodle onto dowels to make an arch.   For the mallet, use  hollow pool noodles, or you could slide the noodle onto a dowel to make it stiff.  Just make sure the dowel and noodle are the same diameter. Then use beach balls to play croquet.Pool Noodle Activities

 Or you can just climb under them which is just as fun in my opinion!

4-Water Balloon BaseballPool Noodle Activities

Insert a dowel into a hollow noodle for the bat. Make sure they fit snug so the dowel doesn’t fall out.  Fill water balloons for the baseballs (filling them about 1/2 way full makes it so they can be hit and not pop as easily).

Most of the time they will pop but it’s a fun way to cool off when it’s hot!

5- Giant Tic-Tac-Toe

Pool Noodle Activities

 Use 4 pool noodles to make a tic-tac-toe game.  Have one kid stand on each side and toss colored bean bags (do those look familiar?) to try and get tic-tac-toe.  Get 3 in a row and you win!
This reminded me of the Toss Across game my grandma had when we were little.Pool Noodle Activities

And one of the best things about these games is that if it gets too hot, like it does here, you can always turn on the sprinklers while you play and cool off!

And once the fun is done, you can make your own snow cone syrup and enjoy a cool treat in the shade.

If you are looking for additional activities for your kids to enjoy outside, check out these super fun finds:

What is your favorite way to keep your kids entertained in the Summer?

 Outside Activities Dart Toss Wearable Inflatable Bumper Balls POOF Jarts Lawn Darts GoSports Slammo Game Set Boochie, A Whole New Game Outdoor Backyard Ladder Ball Giant Inflatable Bowling Set Elite Ring Toss Game


And check out these posts for more summertime fun:

Things to make with a pool noodle

25 Things to Make with Pool Noodles

Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

25 Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

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15 Camping Fun Camping Activities

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    • says

      Thanks! My boys love building things with their dad and these were easy enough for them to help and even months later they continue to entertain them.

  1. Karen says

    What a wonderful idea! I’m going to definitely try it this weekend. What is the best place to buy affordable pool noodles? Thanks!

    • says

      The best place to get pool noodles is at the Dollar Store at the beginning of summer. They are all $1. But, this time of year, hmmm…I’m not sure. I know Walmart sometimes has them later in the year. If I see any I’ll let you know. Good Luck!

  2. says

    That looks like so much fun!! My 4 boys (and 1 girlie) would love to play these games in our backyard! I think I need a trip to the dollar store! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

    • says

      Oh you’re welcome! These games entertain my boys for hours and we have modified them to use them in lots of different way. Hurry to the dollar store before the noodles are gone. 🙂

  3. Kelly says

    I am in the process of making the ring toss and the target station for my son’s 4th grade party tomorrow. Any tips on how to get the 3/4″ dowels into the dry, hard ground?

    • says

      My husband just pounded ours into the ground with a hammer. I don’t know if you could wet the area the night before maybe? But of course you don’t want mud. I’m not sure. Sorry I’m not more help. 🙂 Have a fun party!!

  4. Debra says

    THANK YOU for the instructions..I wasn’t too sure about how to put noodle into the ground, the dowel is great, now I know how and I have 3 days to find and construct some of these for my boys’ birthday party this weekend. Always easier when you’ve ‘seen’ it done!!! These games are amazing, I look forward to making some

    • says

      I’m so glad they were helpful. 🙂 Let me know if you have any other questions as you build them and happy birthday to your boys!

    • Katie says

      I saw them at our local hardware store, but I used 3/4″ pvc pipe. You can cut it with a hacksaw (or an electric saw). We used 18 or 24″ concrete rebars (from Lowes) pounded into the ground with a rubber mallet, then just slip the pvc pipe over the rebar.

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