Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pool Noodle Floating Sculpture

We've been playing with pool noodles lately and coming up with different ideas to create with them! Last week we printed/painted with pool noodles!  Check out that post here. This time we created Pool Noodle Sculptures that float! This a great activity that you can bring outside or in the bathtub too.  All you need is some cut up pool noodles and toothpicks.  Here is one of our pool noodle sculptures.

Here are our cut up pool noodles. Keep some of the noodles longer for the base of the floating sculpture.  Also, cut up some various sizes and some can be halves of pieces.  Use your imagination!  I cut the noodles with heavy duty scissors.

We took this activity into our backyard pool.  I put the toothpicks in a floating container and put the floating pieces of noodles in the water too.  You could do this activity on a table too,  but it is nice to be able to check to see if your sculpture is balancing/floating while creating!

Here is a sculpture in progress.

Once finished,  time to play!

The nice thing is that you can take these sculptures apart and reform them over and over! Be careful of loose toothpicks in the water though!

Here is another creation!

What Do You Think?

More Great Pool Noodle Ideas from Around the Web:

My post: Painting/Printing With Pool Noodles

Pool Noodle Uses- Part 1 from A Purpose Driven Home 

Pool Noodle Uses- Part 2 from A Purpose Driven Home

Pool Noodle Fun: Ideas to get your preschooler moving from Families Only

This post is linked to:
It's Playtime


  1. My daughter`s comment: " Wow, she is a clever girl!" :)

  2. sculpture... floating... water... what's not to love?

  3. i absolutely love this idea! :)

  4. OK that had to be fun- she did an great job - love the idea! I'm going to share you on my facebook page!

  5. i think they are wonderful!! what a nice way to keep your child so engaged in the water.

  6. Thanks for the links! I LOVE this activity!!! And the pool noodle printing too! I shared on my site here - Hope you don't mind! :)

    You are super creative. I can't wait to look around more!

  7. Melissa, I love how you take an idea and push it in multiple directions. Cooling off AND making art -- what child wouldn't enjoy this challenge? Are we making pool noodle popsicles this week? :)

  8. Looks like a very fun game! Claudia

  9. This is way too coool !! Love it:)

  10. Melissa, this is absolutely brilliant! Love the idea of a floating structure. Your daughter has done such an amazing job of placing them together..
    I'll have to go find such colourful pool noodles now...!

  11. Very creative. I've never seen this activity before!

  12. What a wonderful idea. I will be headed to the store to pick up a few pool noodles this weekend.