For at least a year now, every time I walked by the pool noodles in the dollar store, I would glance over and try to think about how I could use them for some hands-on play and fun (other than the obvious – we don’t have a backyard pool after all!).
I finally came up with a winning idea! Onetime had a blast with this seriously cheap ($6 in total) activity that is part science, part art – and a whole lot of creativity. Find out what we did with these noodles in today’s Pool Noodle STEAM fun activity!
Just in case you aren’t familiar with the term S.T.E.A.M. – it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Today’s project easily fits within these categories and is the perfect mixture of open-ended fun and learning.
You will need:
- 4 or 5 or more different coloured and shaped pool noodles
- a bread knife
- Small container of toothpicks
- Shishkabob sticks
To get the activity ready, you will need to start cutting up those pool noodles!
I sliced the noodles mostly width-wise to create all kinds of different width “rings.” I also sliced some pieces length-wise to create arched pieces. My favourite noodle to slice was the red one with 4 grooves that ended up looking like ninja throwing stars!
Even before I had finished cutting them all, Onetime wanted to get his hands on things! So, I handed him the shishkabob sticks and he started creating!
After a few minutes (before I had even finished cutting!) – he had created a “raft.”
Onetime started using the smaller pieces and ended up creating a “bird-feeder” which he gleefully placed some Cheerios on… because birds like Cheerios – don’t they?
The first time Onetime played with the noodles – it lasted over an hour. And we’ve had lots more fun playing with the pool noodle “blocks” since.
They have been stacked, threaded, sorted, thrown at targets and built into structures over and over again – and we’ve only had them for a couple of weeks.
What will your kids do with these? Whatever they decide – I’m sure they’ll have fun – and be creative in the process!
Today’s post was a part of a new 5 Senses Science Blog Hop that we’ll be participating in throughout June on Fridays with a bunch of other fun blogs!
This week’s theme was science activities that have to do with the sense of TOUCH. Check out the other fun posts below!
4 Engineering Challenges for Kids with Craft Sticks, Cups, and Cubes – FrugalFun4Boys
How to Make a Travel Geoboard – Left Brain Craft Brain
Easy and Colorful Magnetic Sculpture – Pink Stripey Socks
Slug Slime Races – Lemon Lime Adventures
String and Bead Puzzle – What Do We Do All Day?
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