Oodles of Noodles (13 Games using Pool Noodles)

Oodles of Noodles (13 Games using Pool Noodles)

My husband was just up at the grocery store yesterday and informed me that Halloween candy is on the shelves already.  Now that’s just too much.  Back to school I can understand.  Halloween?   Let us just enjoy summer! If the Fall stuff is coming out, now is a great time to grab up the summer clearance, including Pool Noodles!  There are plenty of fun things to do with pool noodles (including helping your boots stay upright), but for this post, we’ll focus on some fun games!

13 Games to Play with Pool Noodles

Ready?  Here we go!

#1 Build an Obstacle Course

Pool Noodle Obstacle Course

Get the full instructions at Parents.com (Image from Parents.com)

#2 Add Hurdles and Limbo Sticks to the Obstacle Course

Pool Noodle Obstacle Course (19)

Check out the instructions and more obstacle course ideas at Learn, Play, Imagine.  Photo from Learn, Play Imagine.

#3 Use Your Noodle Game

Oodles of Noodles (Games for Pool Noodles)

Kids must use noodles and only noodles to get balloons into a laundry basket.  Get full instructions at Parents.com.  Photo from Flickr.

#4 Backyard Goal Post

Oodles of Noodles (Games for Kids!)

In classic Minute to Win it Style, have kids try to kick 5 balls (more or less depending on age) over the goal post in a minute.  You can also use this clever contraption for a limbo stick!  Idea and photo from Spoonful.com

#5 Through the Pool Noodle to the Goal

Wicket from Parents

Using these Wickets from Parents.com, construct a relay course for kids to kick a ball through.  Add more wickets for the older kids and have teams race the finish line.  As an alternative, you could have kids race to complete the race alone in Minute To Win it Style!

#6 Tic Tac Toe

Oodles of Noodle Games

Use masking tape or chalk for a quick game of Tic Tac Toe.  You could use different designs (like pictured) or two different colored noodles.  Idea and photo from Sophie World.

#7 Make Light Sabers

Lightsaber Pool Noodles

You can have the kids make their own light sabers and then battle it out on the lawn.  This should be reserved for older kids.  Even then, someone will probably get hurt.  Maybe you shouldn’t play this game.   Idea and photo from Laughing Squid.

#8 Jump the Noodle

super sprinkler games with pool noodles

Poke some holes in a noodle, stick a hose inside it and have kids jump over it.  Have two adults raise it a few inches off the ground and send the kids through again.  Repeat until kids can’t make the jump.   Idea and photo from Tip Junkie.

#9 Leaning Tower of Noodles

Oodles of Noodles (Games for Kids)

Cut a few pool noodles into small pieces about 4-5 inches in height.  Cut up 1 noodle for every 2 kids.  Divide kids up into teams of 4-5 and put one minute on the clock.  Encourage kids to build the tallest tower possible in one minute.

#10 Treasure Island

Oodles of Noodles (and some hoops too!)

Each student will have their own hula hoop (island) and a noodle piece (the treasure) placed on the floor. The object of the game is to collect treasure from other islands and get the most into your own island. Students may take only one noodle at a time and then must return to their hoop before going to get another noodle piece. No student may guard their hoop or hold their treasure in their hands.  Idea from James Madison University.

#11 Noodle Soup

Oodles of Noodles (Games for Kids)

Split the class into 4 equal teams. The students may line up behind the cones facing the center of the game area. Two players will be picked to be the “crazy chefs”. The “crazy chefs” will attempt to protect their noodle soup (small noodle pieces) from the hungry students by hitting them with their spoons (longer noodle pieces). Each team will have two players at a time attempt to collect the food in the middle (they may only take one noodle piece at a time). The players who are attempting to collect
food will be holding flags in their hands. If the “crazy chef” hits a hungry student, the student must go back to their team without some food and let another player go. After a few minutes, pick two new “crazy chefs” and continue the game. See how many pieces of soup each team can collect. Idea from James Madison University, Photo from Flickr

#13 Giant Ring Toss

Oodles of Noodles (Games for Kids)

Grab a few noodles and some dowel rods to make this fun game!  Idea and photo from the Joys of Boys.

What About You?

Got a favorite game?  Let me know about it in the comments!!

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  1. These are great ideas! It’s great to have these types of games because you can even play them with preschoolers without having to worry about someone getting hurt. Thanks!
    GJ Farmer recently posted..6 Websites That Will Save You Money on Children’s Ministry Resources

  2. Thanks for stopping by, GJ! I love finding multiple uses for seasonal stuff!

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