I am really excited to announce that today will be the first in a new series of posts specific to toddlers and Tot School. I’ll be working with my good friend and fellow homeschool blogger, Kristan, over at Munchkin and Bean to bring you arts and crafts, fine motor activities, gross motor activities, learning activities, and sensory activities specific to toddlers every Wednesday.
This week we’re focusing on pool noodles.
These giant foam noodles can be purchased very cheaply at Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target, or any other store where water toys are sold. Of course, just because they are meant to be used in water doesn’t mean thats their only use. Read on for some fun gross motor pool noodle activities you can incorporate into your tot school, and when you’re done here be sure to check out Munchkin and Bean for some fine motor pool noodle toddler activities.
Pool Noodle Obstacle Course
Supplies needed: pool noodles, knife to cut them with, dowel rods (ours were about 1/2 in thick and varying heights).
Simply use the knife to cut the pool noodles in half so you have more to make obstacles out of. Then push one dowel rod into the end of each noodle (the foam is soft and can easily be punctured by the dowel rod), pushing the other end of the dowel rod into the ground to stand it up.
Our course was very simple, SunnyGirl climbed over the first noodle, under the second noodle, and the third noodle’s height was set so she could choose to either go over OR under it.
Pool Noodle Lightsaber
Supplies needed: pool noodles, knife, and duct tape.
I’m sure we’ve all seen the many pool noodle lightsabers on Pinterest. All you have to do to make your own is use the knife to cut your pool noodle in half, then add a decorative duct tape handle to the end.
In order to give SunnyGirl a target for her pool noodle lightsaber (and avoid having her hit her brother with it), I made this Tot School Stormtrooper Printable (click here to download your own free copy). These Stormtroopers have colors, shapes, upper and lower case letters which SunnyGirl can hit with her lightsaber as I call them out.
Pool Noodle Horse
Supplies needed: pool noodle, scissors, and duct tape.
I fondly remember galloping around my neighbor’s yard with one of these when I was a child so I thought SunnyGirl might enjoy it as well.
First you make the ears by layering duct tape, sticky sides together, and cutting them in the shape of a mustache with scissors.
Then you fold over 1/3 of your pool noodle, attaching your ears in the crease with a bit more tape, and taping around the noodle to hold it in place. Use another color tape or a Sharpie marker to add eyes and you’re ready to go riding!
Now be sure to check out Munchkin and Bean for some fun fine motor pool noodle toddler activities!
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