7 Creative Ways to Use Water Noodles


JoshsmWith summer
right around the corner, water noodles are already going on sale.
Now is the perfect time to stock up on the foam floatation devices
and put them into unexpected use. Here are seven creative ways to
use your water noodles.

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  1. Conveyer Belt–Here is a team game that will
    really get the crowd moving. Beforehand, cut up noodles into pieces
    around 3-feet long. You’ll need around 10 pieces per team. One
    member from each team will also need a flat thing to sit on (think
    cheep pizza pan). The object is for team members to build a
    conveyer belt so the team member who’s sitting down can be pushed
    to the finish line. Make the finish line far away enough that teams
    must constantly move noodle pieces from the back of the line to the
    front to keep their sitting down member moving. You could tie this
    game into a lesson about how we all work together for God.
  2. Race Tracks–This craft is great for little
    ones. Many water noodles come with holes in the middle. Find a few
    of them and cut them in half long-ways. Tape them end to end and
    you have yourself an instant toy car or marble race track.
    Experiment and see what kind of crazy tracks you can make, or put
    two side-by-side and have a race.
  3. Noodle Hockey–A great game that can fit most
    size groups and play areas. Cut your noodles in half, then give
    each player one to use as a hockey stick. Form two teams and play
    with a light-weight ball. You can even make a make-shift goal out
    of a few leftover noodles.
  4. Work of Art–Thinly sliced sections of noodles
    make quick and easy circle stamps to paint with. Try this activity
    with different shaped noodles (some come in gear or flower shapes).
    You could even stick a pencil in the middle of a section and use it
    as a small paint roller. Let your kids experiment!
  5. Keep Your Balance–A simple one-on-one game
    that just requires one noodle. Two players grab different ends of
    the same noodle and bend down in a squatting position. The aim of
    the game is to get your opponent to let go of the noodle or lose
    his balance and touch the ground by pushing and pulling the noodle.
    Considering tying it into a lesson about how when the world tries
    to shake us, God can keep us on solid ground.
  6. Sock It to Me–A high-energy game great for
    older kids. Kids each get a noodle (or two for a longer game) tied
    or taped on their back. Cover the top of each noodle with a sock.
    Players each try to take the socks off other players’ noodles,
    while keeping an eye on their back. Players cannot touch each
    other, just the noodles. Play until there’s only remaining or until
    time runs out (in which case, the person with the most socks
  7. Safety First–If you have kids running around
    there’s always a chance of someone getting hurt. While they’re on
    sale, grab a few extra noodles, cut them in half, and place them
    around sharp corners or edges of furniture. Used with a designer’s
    eye, they can actually brighten up a room for kids.

These are just some ways to use your noodle this summer, and not
one used a pool! But if you’re looking for some water fun for your
kids, we’ve got you covered! Dive in!


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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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