Noodle Water Play

Easy and fun noodle water play activities for kids

The weather by us hit the 70s this week and it had us feeling the summer vibes. We bought noodles at the Dollar Tree, which my boys of course instantly used as swords, so I quickly turned them into some noodle water play activities. These noodle water play activities are great for indoor or outdoor play!

Noodle Bugs

Noodle bugs for kids water play activity

How I Made The Flying Noodle Bugs

First, I began by using a knife to cut the pool noodle.

Next, to make the flying bugs, I cut a pipe cleaner in half and then twisted them into loops. Then, I stuck them into the middle of the noodle. You can use a hot glue gun if you would like to make them more secure.

Finally, to finish the flying bugs, I then hot glued the eyes on. 

How I Made The Noodle Spiders

First, I cut the noodles the same way as the flying bugs

Then, I cut a pipe cleaner into 4 pieces. I did this to two pipe cleaners to create 8 legs

Next, I stuck the legs into the noodle. You can use a hot glue gun to make the pipe cleaners more secure. 

Finally, I hot glued two googly eyes onto the noodle.

Playing With The Noodle Bugs

We chose to play with our noodle bugs in the bathtub but they would also be fun to play with outside in a bucket of water or in a small kiddie pool. 

Noodle bugs water play activity for kids

My boys had fun playing with them as bugs and then they found out when they took the pipe cleaners off that the noodles looked like silly faces. Next, they discovered that the noodles stuck to the bathtub. I’m thinking there will be more noodle bathtub activities in our near future.

What You Will Need:

Noodles, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, hot glue gun, knife

Directions:

  1. First, cut the noodle with a knife
  2. To create the flying bugs: cut a pipe cleaner in half. Twist the pipe cleaner into a loop. Stick the loop into the center hole of the noodle. 
  3. To create the spider bugs: cut a pipe cleaner into 4 pieces. Repeat this to create 8 legs. Stick the “legs” into the pipe cleaner
  4. Next, use a hot glue gun to glue googly eyes onto the noodle
  5. Finally, enjoy some noodle water play by playing with the noodle bugs in a bathtub, kiddie pool, or bucket of water

Noodle Boats

Toy boats for kids made of pool noodles

How I Made These Noodle Boats

First, I cut the noodles with a knife. 

Next, I cut pieces of paper into diamond shapes and folded them in half. Then, I glued them to a toothpick and stuck the toothpick into the noodle. 

If I were to make these again, I would try wrapping the paper boat sails in contact paper to make them a bit more waterproof. After my sons dipped these into water many times the paper sails began to deteriorate.

Playing With The Noodle Boats

We brought our noodle boats to a local place called Frederick Meijer Gardens. At Frederick Meijer Gardens they have a children’s garden and one of my boys’ favorite parts of the children’s garden is the water area. They have a water area shaped like Michigan and the great lakes. Before covid they would leave out toy boats for the kids to play with in the water but with covid and trying to prevent the spread of germs, they no longer put their boats out. So instead, we brought our own noodle boats. Our kids had so much fun with them and all of the other moms loved the idea and said they were going to make their own noodle boats next time they come. 

Kids playing with DIY toy boats made of pool noodles

These little boats would also be fun in the bathtub, pool, or in a bucket of water. 

What You Will Need

Noodles, toothpicks, paper, glue stick, knife

Directions:

  1. First, cut the noodles
  2. Next, cut a diamond shape out of paper
  3. Thirdly, fold the diamond in half
  4. Then, the diamond on a toothpick to create a sail
  5. Next, stick the toothpick into the noodle
  6. Finally, play with the noodle boat in water

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Shanna
1 month ago

Oh my goodness! How cute and easy! This looks like just the activity for those upcoming summer months in the pool without having to find endless pool toys.You can keep making these!! Love it! Thank you!

Monica Simpson
Monica Simpson
1 month ago

What a great idea. I love the little boats!

Gervin Khan
Gervin Khan
1 month ago

I love this activity, it is so cute and easy to make. I am sure kid will really enjoy these stuffs.

Danielle
1 month ago

This looks like so much fun. It’s so creative.

Rachael
1 month ago

What a fun activity! I love the water boats. Can’t wait to try them in our water table the next few months as it gets warmer!

forever my little moon

I never thought of crafting with pool noodles! Such a cute and fun idea!

Clarice
Clarice
1 month ago

Cool! This looks really fun and the noodle bugs are really cute. I bet my son would enjoy this. Thank you for sharing. Will try making them tomorrow. 

Last edited 1 month ago by Clarice
Clarice
Clarice
1 month ago

Cool! This looks really fun and the noodle bugs are really cute. I bet my son would enjoy this. Thank you for sharing. Will try making them tomorrow. 🙂

Maureen
1 month ago

These are super cute, even I want to make some!! My son will love making this.

Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

sarah
sarah
1 month ago

What a great idea for some fun toys in the water.

Samantha Laycock
1 month ago

I need to make these for my daughter. She would love to use them in the bathtub.

vidya
1 month ago

another fun, cute, and easy craft from you!! i will be sharing these with my young nephews and nieces

Heather Behrends
1 month ago

I love these ideas – they’re so cute and easy to do!

Cristina
1 month ago

Great timing for this post as I have a noodle which needs repurposing and I was thinking of ways to do that. I got some good inspiration here. Thank you

Aliya
Aliya
1 month ago

This is such a cute idea. My daughter loves playing with toys in the bath. We will definitely be trying this idea out. Thanks, for sharing.

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