What do wreaths, boot stuffers, paint brush holders, foam sabers, floating beverage boats, Halloween costumes, and a variety of teaching activities have in common? You guessed it—they can all be made using pool noodles! Cut the colorful foam rods into chunks and students can stack ’em, sort ’em, and build with ’em. Label the foam chunks with letters for a name spelling center, a phonics center, or an alphabetizing center. Or label equal-size noodle chunks for a fraction center. And don’t even get me started on different ways to use pool noodles for fine motor practice and craft projects.
Teachers are the best at finding educational uses for inexpensive items. Tell us how you use pool noodles—in the classroom, around your home, or in the pool! If you’ve never before used the noodles, now’s the time to pick some up at your local dollar store. They are only a buck apiece!
PS: Have you found an educational use for another inexpensive (and unsuspecting!) item? Do share!