Summer is the season for pool time, fun at the beach, or splashing around in the kiddie pool. And no summer is complete without lots of pool noodles. As it turns out, they’re great for much more than floating around the pool.

There are simple uses for pool noodles you can sprinkle into your day that will amaze you. You can hack them for all sorts of things, from floating coolers to kiddie car washes. Inexpensive, durable, and highly functional, pool noodles are a surefire way to kick up the fun around your home, pool, and parties this summer.

You don’t need a super fancy creativity hat to see the smiles that are just around the corner. Grab a few supplies and get ready to create some pool noodle fun!

Genius uses for pool noodles- collage of pool noodles surrounding a clear plastic bin to create floating drink cooler, baby in a shopping cart with pool noodle covering handle, a pvc piping basketball hoop with cut noodles on base to make it a floating pool game, child jumping over a noodle, pool noodles strung together and holding a white netting material and hung as an overhead canopy for outdoor setting

Things You Can Make with Pool Noodles

You will need some basic supplies to help bring these pool noodle creations to life.

  • Pool noodles of various colors
  • Sharp cutting tool
  • Duct tape
  • Electrical tape
  • Zip-ties
  • Giggling kids to test them out

1. Genius Pool Noodle Light Sabers for Your Summer Fun!

Make some pool noodle lightsabers to have an epic pool battle! This is a fantastic way to encourage your kids to run and play. You don’t even need to give any special instructions to your children.

Simply wrap some tape around a cut noodle and pass them out. You can feel the force calling your young Jedis to defend the empire. With these impressive swords, your little corner of the galaxy will be safe from all opposing forces.

uses for pool noodles- three colorful pool noodles with ends covered with duct tape and electrical tape to create lightsabers

2. Clever Beverage Boats in a Flash

Once you finally get you and your kids to the pool, the last thing you want to do is go get a drink for yourself or your splashing companions. The kids won’t want to leave the water and you are vigilant about keeping your eyes on the pool.

Solution? Don’t want to leave the pool to fetch your drinks? Make one of these handy beverage boats by cutting a pool noodle and sliding around the edges.

Fun additions to your floating boat?

  • Ice
  • Favorite beverages
  • Water balloons
  • Toy boats and plastic animals

uses for pool noodles- cut noodles attached to a clear plastic bin containing ice and drinks floating in a pool

3. Create Quick Door Stops

Keeping doors from slamming is not just helpful to protect your pictures from falling off the wall, but it’s also a sanity saver. That bang, slam, crash of the door opening and closing hard all day can wear on your nerves.

If you have a baby sleeping in the house, a slamming door can be destructive to those few precious minutes of quiet you cultivated for the afternoon.

Even worse, it can cost you money!

That satisfying slam could loosen the hardware and hinges, or even push the doorjamb out of alignment. Gaps between the jamb and the trim of an exterior door can let air leak in and out, leading to increased heating and cooling costs.

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And then there’s safety.

With toddlers, you have to be careful about closed doors, especially if they have locks on them.

EASY Solution that will protect your ears, your coveted nap-time, your toddlers, and your wallet?

Make your own easy (and cheap!) door stops by cutting up a pool noodle into several sections. Put one on each door, and you’re good to go! Yes, it’s really that easy!

Brilliant uses for pool noodles- small piece of a pool noodle smooshed onto a door to prevent it from slamming

4. Watersport Fun  with a Floating Basketball Hoop

I know your kids don’t need help having fun in the pool. Neither dot he lounging adults. But, with a few bucks and a few supplies, you can turn pool time into game time.

Build a floating basketball hoop for the pool. Nothing’s more fun than a game of basketball in the water!

Benefits of pool games?

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Constructive play
  • Healthy competition
  • Laughter
  • Extra dose of exercise to help those kiddos sleep better at night!

DIY uses for pool noodles- a floating basketball hoop made from white pvc piping, black netting, zip ties with cut pieces of pool noodles attached to the base so it will flaot

5. Pool-Noodles Improve trampoline safety

One of the fasters ways to encourage kids to enjoy more time outdoors is to invest in a few yard toys. On the top of most kids’ wishlist is, of course, the bouncing palace, the anti-gravity machine, the rocket launcher. Adults call this contraption the trampoline.

Jumping, tumbling, and laughter are added to your yard daily with this backyard favorite.

Make your trampoline safer by covering the springs with sections of the pool noodles. Trampolines are known for their hours of fun, but they can also be a bit adventurous. Those foam noodles will help keep your kids safer while they bouncy themselves silly.

uses for pool noodles- a Trampoline with its springs covered in colorful pieces of pool noodles cut to the correct length to cover each spring

6. Easy Pool Noodle Candles

Thank goodness for the many moods and atmospheres provided by your pool. While splashing and playing in the pool by day is a delight, sitting by the pool in the evening while you sip your favorite drink and enjoying the night air is almost magical.

Create some ambiance with pool noodle luminaries around the pool. Make sure you take precautions to waterproof them if you plan on using them in the water.

There is something mesmerizing about a flickering flame floating lazily on the water.

uses for pool noodles- floating candles made from tea lights and short pieces of pool noodles

More DIY With Pool Noodle Ideas

7. Pool Noodle Sprinklers

Poke holes in a pool noodle and attach your water hose for some summertime sprinkler fun.

No pool? No problem. Shoot, even if you have a pool, you can change up the kids’ routine and creativity by introducing a simple sprinkler to run through, race around, or play in on those long hot days of summer.

FUN uses for pool noodles- kids running through a sprinkler made by sticking a hose into a pool noodle that hale holes cut into it which has the water shoot straight up

8. DIY Car Wash with Foam Noodles

Be ready the next time your kids declare, “I’m bored!”

Build a kiddie car wash so they can get their ride-on toys spic and span. Plus, they’ll love running through it themselves. Kids of all ages will love playing car wash as they clean their bikes, ride-on toys, and the dog.

Older kids may even stretch their entrepreneurial muscles and offer a neighborhood bike wash!

Even kids appreciate a clean ride. If you build it, they will come!

collage of kid car wash made from pool noodles

9. Simple Party Decor with a Pool Noodle Canopy

You don’t need to be hosting a summer party to make your backyard space a little whimsical and fun.

Materials:

  • Pool noodles- color coordinated if you want to be fancy
  • Netting
  • Thin rope
  • Summer lanterns for that special touch
  • Ribbon to hang things

Make a party canopy for your next get-together. It’s durable enough to last a while, or you can take it down and reuse it for all your summer parties.

uses for pool noodles- a backward overhead canopy made of white netting and colorful pool noodles string together and suspended in the air

More Uses of Pool Noodles to Delight the Kiddos

10. Pool Noodle Toss

If you have a house full of energetic little people, you’re gonna love this one.

Put together some pool noodle rings to create a javelin throw or hopscotch area for the kids. This would be so fun for a family reunion or summer camp!

Inspire the kids to make up games, create rules, and challenge you to a friendly kid vs. parent competition!

uses for pool noodles- kids playing toss with a tic tac toes style target made of pvc pipe and covered in pool noodles

11. DIY Pool Noodle Ring Toss Game

Classic yard games are making a comeback. The best reason is the truth that kids love hanging out with you, and you might need a few tools in your tool belt to make it more fun than, “I’ll just sit here and watch you play.”

Make a ring toss game together!

Ring toss sounds like fun, too, and it’s super easy to make. What a fun party game! Or an Instant cool parent game. The best part? This one can be played by kids of all ages.

Brilliant uses for pool noodles- a pool noodle ring toss game in the middle of grass

12. Foam Noodle Gross Motor Play

Improving gross motor skills is more important than ever.

Set up a backyard obstacle course using pool noodles and other things from around the yard and house. Play and exercise so important!

uses for pool noodles- a child jumping over pool noodles in a backyard obstacle course made out of chairs with pool noodles through the legs

13. Colorful Pool Noodle Parties for the WIN!

Hand your kids a bandana, a hat, and a horse and they’ll be galloping away with a grin. If your kids love horses or cowboys, they will get a kick out of these.

Planning a cowboy or cowgirl-themed party? These pool noodle ponies would make the PERFECT party favors!

Simple materials list:

  • colorful pool noodles
  • bandanas
  • felt
  • googly eyes
  • hot glue

Cute uses for pool noodles- colorful party favor ponies with wiggly eyes made from pool noodles

14. Pool Noodles Keep little ones safer while shopping

Going to the store is a routine part of life for your kids. Placing babies and toddlers in the cart gives you extra hands to get your shopping done faster.

But, what is it about babies wanting to chew on that bar below the handle on the shopping cart? Curb the behavior by placing a pool noodle over the bar.

The easiest of hacks:

  1. Cut noodle to length
  2. Slit down the length of the pool noodle with a knife
  3. Keep one in each car!

When you go to the store, simply place the noodle over the handle!

baby in shopping cart with handle covered with a pool noodle

15. Pool Noodles in a toddler bed

Keep your toddler from falling out of bed by placing a pool noodle under the sheet. This only works with a really tight sheet, though. And if your kid tosses and turns a lot during the night, it may slip out. Hey, it’s worth a try!

I am thinking this might be a really good solution for those bunk beds…when you are worried they will roll out of the top bunk.

uses for pool noodles- a wide pool noodle tucked under a fitted sheet in a child's bed to help prevent them from rolling out of bed while sleeping

16. Foam Noodles make playtime fun

Childhood imagination is easy to ignite with a few simple props. The kids will have so much fun playing with a pretend campfire. Isn’t that cute? You will need:

  • pool noodle
  • wood grain contact paper or brown construction paper
  • scissors
  • tape
  • red, yellow and orange tissue paper
  • cardboard lid or box

Fun uses for pool noodles- a playtime camp fire for make believe play made from pool noodles

17. Pool Noodle Rackets!

Backyard games for the win!

Create some rackets out of pool noodles and mesh fruit bags, add water balloons, and you and your family will have a blast playing water balloon tennis.

You can even combine these rackets with the pool noodle sprinkler above to pump up the fun!

DIY uses for pool noodles- a racket and ball set made from pool noodles, netting, and tape resting on the grass

If you liked these awesome uses for pool noodles, you’re going to love the other ideas we have for summer fun:

Genius uses for pool noodles- collage of pool noodles surrounding a clear plastic bin to create floating drink cooler, baby in a shopping cart with pool noodle covering handle, a pvc piping basketball hoop with cut noodles on base to make it a floating pool game, child jumping over a noodle, pool noodles strung together and holding a white netting material and hung as an overhead canopy for outdoor setting