This past autumn I came across this idea on I Can Teach My Child to use pool noodles for lacing and number sequencing practice. Unfortunately at the time pool noodles just were no where to be found, so I waited all these many months for pool noodles to be in season again, and in that time I’ve come across several other cool ideas (like a giant abacus from Growing Play and a math themed bath from Bath Activities for Kids) that I just couldn’t wait to try.
Well today I finally got my hands on some pool noodles, and this is what resulted:
I started with a giant abacus made from pieces of pool noodles and string.
With the left over noodle slices I wrote out the numbers 1-10 in three different ways.
Then I threw the loose noodle pieces into the bubbles so the kids would have to work to find them. For SunnyGirl I’d call out a color and ask her to find a noodle of that color. For LittleMan I’d call out a number and ask him to find that number.
This bath was so easy to put together and it resulted in some really fun ways of reinforcing what we’ve been working on lately.
We did some counting.
Some basic addition.
We even worked on patterning.
And at the very end, we had a pool noodle fight. Yes that’s water on my camera lens. Its a cheap camera, I just laughed and wiped it off. We were having too much fun to stress over the little things.