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Toy-FULL Tuesday: Noodling

Posted Feb 19 2013 9:04pm
I don't know how the weather is where you are, but here it is a little chilly to be thinking about pool items. Nonetheless, the day after Valentines day the pool supplies started hitting the store helves... the best of those supplies for kids with complex medical concerns & other special needs: 

foam pool noodles!!!

Here are just a few ideas and if you all have more, PLEASE share them with us!!

Sensory room garland (pool noodles sometimes come in different shapes and are so fun cut in to slices): 

How to make a Pool Noodle Flower Garland Make a Pool Noodle Garland
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Sensory Room pool noodle OVERLOAD!!! 
pool noodles

Make a headboard or fun playmat, wedges, or ramps:

How to make a Pool Noodle Headboard            Pool Noodles Headboard
photos courtesy of

Project - Pool Noodle Rooftop - Architizerclick HERE to read more on these chairs/wedges

Make a fun positional chair or standing incentive:

chair and ottoman made entirely of foam noodle-like tubes
photos & ideas courtesy of

Make paint stencils!!

Pool Noodle Painting Activity
photos and ideas courtesy of

carved pool noodles as a gift with bath paint given in a mesh laundry!carved noodle stamps

Card holder (great for eye gaze prompts):half of a pool noodle as a card holder - can use for PECS too
Positional sitting and safety:

Pool Noodle Shopping Cart SafetyCheap and Easy, Travel Bed Rail
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Pool noodle under fitted sheet: solution to keep a toddler in the toddler bed!Instead of bedrails.. Simply put pool noodles under the fitted sheet, on both sides. It creates speed bumps on the sides and a cozy little "nest" for your toddler.  Don't waste your money on fancy bedrails that you won't need for long anyway. Pool noodles are a simple, easy fix!
Water play... combining sensory, tactile, and motor skills:
sliced pool noodles and water rampwater ramp with sliced noodles

Bought a pool noodle at the dollar store, used serrated knife to cut in half and a glue gun to stick together.  Kept my 6 year old entertained for a long time - not bad for a buck!ramp for cars or marbles
Pool Noodle Marble Race Track by eschelin marble run using pool noodles Got to try this one. Looks awesome!    You will need some gelatin ( I used plain  and added kool-aid for color.  Make jello as for jigglers, then add to large tub of water.  pool noodle (cut into lilly pads), some plastic swamp HERE to find out how!
Pool noodles for countdown chain (I like it bc it's reusable vs construction paper) ((Great idea .. I think Alani and I will make a trip to Wal-Mart and pick up some noodles. This will definitely be better than the paper chain! ))
Lifesize Lincoln Logs anyone:
Life size Lincoln Logs made out of pool noodles! Yet another use for those awesome noodles!click HERE for resource

Door stopper... great for those little ones who are are easily awoken, or to protect doors closing on tiny fingers:
Pool Noodle Door Stopper

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