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5 Fun and Active Pool Noodle Games for Kids This Summer

Summer is here, and it's the perfect time to get kids outside, active, and having fun! Pool noodles are not just for the pool—they can be transformed into a variety of exciting games that keep kids entertained for hours. We LOVE to use pool noodles in our Play Gym Classes because they are lightweight and easy for the littlest learners to use and play with.

Here are five active games kids can play using a pool noodle this summer.

1. Noodle Jousting

How to Play:

  • Divide kids into pairs and give each pair two pool noodles.

  • Mark a "jousting arena" using cones or chalk on the grass or driveway.

  • The objective is for each player to stay balanced on one foot while trying to "joust" the other player off balance using their pool noodle.

  • The first player to step out of the arena or touch the ground with their other foot loses the round.


  • Improves balance and coordination.

  • Encourages friendly competition and physical activity.

2. Noodle Obstacle Course

How to Play:

  • Create an obstacle course using pool noodles and other household items.

  • Bend noodles into arches and secure them into the ground to crawl under, lay them on the ground to jump over, or use them as hurdles.

  • Time each child as they navigate the course and see who can complete it the fastest.


  • Enhances agility and gross motor skills.

  • Promotes problem-solving and creativity in designing the course.

3. Noodle Tag

How to Play:

  • Choose one child to be "It" and give them a pool noodle.

  • The child who is "It" tries to tag other players by gently tapping them with the pool noodle.

  • Once tagged, the player becomes "It" and the game continues.


  • Great cardiovascular workout.

  • Encourages quick thinking and reflexes.

4. Noodle Limbo

How to Play:

  • Two players hold a pool noodle horizontally at a certain height.

  • Players take turns bending backward to pass under the noodle without touching it or falling.

  • After each round, lower the noodle slightly to increase the challenge.


  • Improves flexibility and balance.

  • Fun way to encourage movement and laughter.

5. Noodle Ring Toss

How to Play:

  • Create rings by bending and taping pool noodles into circles.

  • Use stakes or cones as targets.

  • Players take turns tossing the noodle rings onto the targets from a set distance.


  • Enhances hand-eye coordination.

  • Provides a fun and competitive game for kids of all ages.

Why Pool Noodle Games?

Pool noodles are inexpensive, lightweight, and versatile, making them perfect for a variety of outdoor games. They encourage kids to be imaginative and active, helping to improve their physical skills while having a blast. Plus, these games can be easily adapted to suit different age groups and skill levels, making them ideal for family gatherings, playdates, or summer camps.

So grab a few pool noodles and get ready for a summer filled with fun, laughter, and active play!

Happy Playing!

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