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Pool Noodle STEM Activity for Kids

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Have a pool noodle or two just laying around?  

Surprisingly, I did although we do not have a pool!  

I originally was going to use it as a wreath base,  but recently I decided to put it to use by cutting it up and making it into a fine motor activity to share with you today!

STEM activity for kids

With the pool noodle, we made Pool Noodle Sculptures!

To make your own, gather:

  • pool noodle(s)
  • wooden sticks
  • knife (for the adult only)

Fun Pool Noodle Activity



Take a sharp knife and cut up the pool noodle into chunks.  Feel free to cut up the chunks into smaller pieces, too.

Have a bowl or cup of wooden craft sticks available and start building!

Our wooden craft sticks came from Craftprojectideas.com-- nice for little hands because they had blunted ends, although, Little Sis did manage to break a few trying to poke them into the pool noodle.


STEM pool noodle building activity

Creative use for pool noodle

pool noodle STEM building activity


Here's some more fine motor activities to check out:
Sewing a Tropical Fish Cushion from Craftulate


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