DIY Pool Noodle Outdoor GameMarch 14, 2017
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My kids love playing outdoors throughout the year. We are always trying to think of fun, new games to enjoy together outside. Since playing always makes us hungry, I recently picked up the Bulk Goldfish® Crackers Cheddar (30 oz.) from Walmart. These boxes are a fabulous value and provide a smarter, wholesome snack for my kids.
I recently used some pool noodles to create a fun outdoor game. There’s something special about the texture, size and color of pool noodles. We are always crafting and creating with pool noodles. Today, I will show you how I used some pool noodles to make a fun outdoor game for the kids. This project only required a handful of supplies and comes together in just 20 minutes.
DIY Pool Noodle Outdoor Game
Ready for the quick tutorial? Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- 2 1/2″ dowels, about 2 feet long
- 2 pool noodles, about 2 feet long
- 1 pool noodle, about 3 feet long
- decorative duct tape, various colors
Can’t find pool noodles in the store? Simply use pipe insulation from the home improvement store- it’s the same size and texture.
First, start by wrapping the 2 shorter pool noodles with one of the duct tapes.
Next, join the ends of the longer pool noodle together to form a loop. Secure with some duct tape.
Continue wrapping the loop with the same duct tape until the entire loop is covered.
Now, it’s time to join the loop with the two shorter pool noodles. Grab some duct tape and connect the loop with the two shorter pool noodles (as seen in the following image). The basic structure is finally complete.
To keep this structure stable and upright outside, we will use dowel rods that have been inserted into the ground. Start by inserting one of the dowel rods about 6″ into the ground. Slide one of the pool noodles over the dowel rod.
Find the spot where the other pool noodle meets the ground and insert the second dowel rod into the ground at that location. I have found that inserting the rod about 6″ into the ground provides plenty of support for this structure.
Now, it’s time to grab a ball that will fit through the loop. The aim of this game is throw the ball through the loop.
I invited my daughter outside right away to get started with this cute game. She had a blast throwing the ball through the loop. Even though it was a bit chilly that day, we simply bundled up and spent plenty of time outside. I believe it’s very important to encourage my kids to play outdoors throughout the year.
After she mastered the basic motion, she decided to challenge herself by moving farther from the loop. She was really trying to improve her aim.
She even experimented with different angles. It’s so much fun creating variations for this game.
This game was definitely a hit! I am certain we will be playing this game plenty of times over the next several months.
This game is perfect for play dates and birthday parties. You can even attach multiple loops together vertically or horizontally and assign various points to each circle. If you’re only making one loop (like I did), here is a fun method to create a multi-player game:
- Round 1: All the players start at the same location and try to throw the ball through the loop.
- Round 2: All the players who were successful in the last round stay in the game and everyone moves back 1 foot and tries to throw the ball through the loop.
- Round 3: All the players who were successful in the last round stay in the game and everyone moves back 1 foot and tries to throw the ball through the loop.
The game continues until only one player remains. He or she is declared the winner. The winner will receive a cute gift basket full of goodies.
We love to play outdoors during the spring and summer. Whether we’re blowing bubbles or drawing with chalk, we love being out in the open air. Our ideal gift basket would feature chalk in fun colors, a big bottle of bubbles, and a little baggie of Goldfish Crackers. Playing definitely makes my kids hungry and this wholesome snack lets my kids have fun & enjoy the simple pleasures of the great outdoors.
I even included a fun tag on this gift basket. It reads “Bullseye! You have great aim. Enjoy this basket full of goodies.” Want to download this tag for your own play dates or birthday parties? Simply click this link.
During a recent trip to Walmart, I picked up Goldfish Crackers Cheddar and Goldfish Crackers Xtra Cheddar. The whole family enjoys these flavors, and I love the everyday great value I get at Walmart. These crackers are definitely a smart solution for my kids’ snacking needs.
It’s the ideal snack to have on hand during play time and throughout the day. In fact, my kids really enjoy a serving of Goldfish Crackers every day when they get home from school, so I love stocking up on these bulk sizes at Walmart. There is something special about serving my kids some Goldfish Crackers after school and talking about our day’s activities. It’s truly a win-win for my kids and myself. Goldfish Crackers are indeed the snack that makes us happy! The Snack That Smiles Back.®
Look for Goldfish Crackers at your local Walmart. I shop at Walmart at least twice per week because it’s the ideal place to purchase all our household essentials, from snacks to toys and more.
See how Goldfish Crackers are encouraging kids to get outside & play. Now tell me: Is Goldfish Crackers a favorite snack in your house? Do you craft with pool noodles? Do your kids love being outdoors all year long? Get more ideas for meals, snacks, games and family fun when you click here.
That is such a fun idea! My boys would love this game. When summer comes, I will have to make this for them.
What a cute DIY game. I love all of the ways you can use pool noodles to make fun toys, like car ramps and marble runs.
What a great DIY game. You could so use it in the pool. Pool games are usually so expensive and tear up quite easily. Great idea.
This is such a fun idea. Pool noodles are pretty cheap so this would be an easy and inexpensive way to have some fun.
What a fun idea and so easy. I don’t often attempt diy projects but even I can handle this one. I bet my girls would love to play this.
SO Much that is awesome and thrifty about this game. Brilliant! I always have pool noodles around because we have a pool so this would be easy for us to do. LOVE it.
That is great! I love activities outside for kids to play. Show them the more simple things and ways to enjoy playing games that aren’t technology related 🙂
What a great idea to repurpose the pool noodles. Many folks don’t realize how many things you can do with them, and they’re inexpensive too.
That’s a really fun game for kids and adults. The Cheddar goldfish crackers would be an excellent snack.
I would make this pool noodle game when the grandchildren are a little older. At their age right now, I am sure they will try and take it apart to see how it works. LOL.
This is such an awesome idea – you are so crafty!!
What a great idea!. I had made it on last weekend and my kids really love that game. I think i should make another one on my nursery school.
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This looks like a cool game and easy to make. My kids would totally go for this. Goldfish crackers are such a classic treat.
This is such a fun and simple game! My kids would love to do this, thanks for the idea!
What an inventive game idea! I love that it wouldn’t cost a fortune, since it seems like most outdoor games are so pricey!
This is a great idea and looks like a fun game for the kids!
This game looks like so much fun. I can’t wait to get all these items and make them for my grandsons when I come visit this summer.