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Uses for pool noodles

By on August 9, 2012
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Pool noodles are cheap, colorful and useful for more than just swimming. If your pool noodles have been damaged, don’t throw them away. Use them around your home for projects, crafts and games.
Here are some ideas:

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Bed rail:

Slide it between a mattress and fitted sheet for toddlers who need a bed rail.


Cut a pool noodle in half and you have a racetrack perfect for small cars, balls or marbles. Simply angle the half noodles on your stairs, table, bed or chair and the race ramp is ready to go.

Lacing games:

Using noodles in multiple colors, you can cut them into slices and create a lacing game. Kids can follow patterns you create for them or you can number them or add letters for them to create words. If kids get tired of lacing, they can use them as building blocks or as a matching game, too.

Bat the balloon:

Inflate some balloons and let kids bat them using pool noodles in your backyard. Or blow bubbles for them to bat. It can provide hours of fun. On a similar note, you can use pool noodles and Wiffle balls to play a safe game of hockey.


Slice them into pieces, dip the sliced noodle into paint and use as stamps for painting on paper.

Boot stuffer:

Instead of using newspaper, cut a pool noodle to size and stuff your boots to prevent them from flopping over and getting damaged/worn.

Agility course:

Tape pool noodles into circles and place on the ground. They can be used as fun agility hoops, which are great training for faster feet.


Use a section of a pool noodle as a pincushion. You can leave it as-is or cover it in fabric. For a tutorial, visit

Couch blockers:

Slide them under the sides of your couch to prevent losing items such as kids toys or the TV remote underneath.

Puppet show:

Do you have Mr. Potato Head pieces? How about those plastic Halloween pumpkin decorator face pieces? Poke them into pool noodles to make pool noodle people, and have a fun puppet show.

Draft stopper:

Stuff one side of a pillowcase and roll it into a tube. Put rubber bands around it in a few places to keep it from unrolling. (Use ribbon or strips of fabric if you want it to look more stylish.) Then place self-sticking Velcro (half on the door and half on the draft-stopper) to hold it in place. For a similar draft-stopper sewing project, visit


Secure a pool noodle to the wall of your garage to protect your car doors from dings and your drywall from being dented. Or suspend small pieces from the ceiling of your garage so you know how far to pull in. You can make a doorstop for kids, too: Cut a pool noodle section about 4-5 inches in length, then cut a slit right through to the center of the noodle. Wrap this around the outside edge of a door or the hinged side to prevent toddlers from getting their fingers hurt.

More games:

If you like the game ideas, go to your local library and find the book “50 Ways to Use Your Noodle” by Chris Cavert and Sam Sikes.

photo by ashleigh290

One Comment

  1. monagerstmann

    11/30/2012 at 10:47 am

    I cut pool noodles to fit over hangers to hang dry clothing without the hanger making points on the shoulders. For clothing that remains on the hanger after it dries, I use pipe insulators, because they are thinner and won’t take up as much room in the closet. Pool noodles can also be used as temporary baby bumpers on the corners of sharp furniture.

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