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
#2 Add Hurdles and Limbo Sticks to the Obstacle Course
Check out the instructions and more obstacle course ideas at Learn, Play, Imagine. Photo from Learn, Play Imagine.
#3 Use Your Noodle Game
#4 Backyard Goal Post
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!