Easy Pool Noodle Painting: Process Art Activity for Summer

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Today, we’re excited to explore a unique and playful painting technique using the ends of large pool noodles. Get ready to make a splash of vibrant masterpieces on a large sheet of paper!

Who would have thought that a simple pool noodle could be transformed into a magical painting tool? With their cylindrical shape and soft, spongy texture, pool noodles are not only perfect for poolside fun but also lend themselves beautifully to artistic exploration. This creative twist will take your painting sessions to a whole new level, offering an opportunity to create large-scale artwork with a splash of excitement.


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  • Pool noodles of different sizes
  • Washable kids paint in various colors
  • Large sheet of paper or a roll of butcher paper
  • Paintbrushes (optional)
  • Plastic plates or palettes for paint

How to Set Up Pool Noodle Painting

Step 1: Set Up the Painting Area
Choose a suitable space for your painting activity. Lay down a large sheet of paper or roll out butcher paper to create an expansive canvas. Ensure the area is protected with newspaper or a plastic tablecloth to prevent any unwanted paint spills or stains. Place plastic plates or palettes with different colors of washable kids paint within easy reach.

Step 2: Prepare the Pool Noodles
Take the pool noodles and cut them into shorter lengths to serve as paintbrushes. You can experiment with different sizes, creating various brush widths and shapes. Ensure the pool noodle pieces are large enough for kids to hold comfortably.

Step 3: Dip and Paint
Encourage the kids to dip the ends of the pool noodle pieces into the desired paint colors. They can dip one end or experiment by dipping both ends or the sides for unique effects. Alternatively, you can pour small amounts of paint onto plastic plates or recycled plastic lids or palettes and have the children dip the pool noodles into the paint as needed.

Step 4: Explore and Create
Now comes the fun part! Encourage the kids to experiment with different painting techniques using the pool noodles. They can make broad strokes, create patterns, or even stamp the pool noodle ends onto the paper to form interesting shapes. Let them freely explore their creativity and imagination as they paint. Try adding leaves to the end to make giant pool noodle nature brushes! Or trying adding bubble wrap around the end using elastic bands.

Step 5: Mix Colors and Layer Paint
If desired, show the children how to mix colors by overlapping the pool noodle strokes. They can create new colors and shades by blending the paint on the paper using the noodle ends. This adds an extra dimension of creativity to their artwork.

Step 6: Optional: Use Paintbrushes
For added versatility, you can provide paintbrushes alongside the pool noodles. The children can switch between using the pool noodles and paintbrushes to add details, make finer strokes, or experiment with different textures.

Step 7: Let It Dry and Display
Once the kids have finished their masterpieces, set the artwork aside to dry completely. Once dry, proudly display the artwork for all to admire. You can hang it on a wall, create a gallery space, or even frame individual pieces.

Step 8: Clean Up
Ensure that you clean the pool noodles and paintbrushes promptly after use. Rinse them with water to remove any remaining paint. Also, remember to clean the painting area and dispose of any leftover paint or materials properly.

Using pool noodles as painting tools adds a playful and unique element to the art-making process. It encourages children to experiment, explore, and engage their senses while creating colorful and imaginative artwork. So, grab those pool noodles, let the creativity flow, and enjoy a splashing good time with this fun and innovative painting activity!

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 3 years and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 8 year old.

Mess Level

This is a mess level is high.

Difficulty to Create


Skills Developed in Pool Noodle Painting

Sensory play, language development, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.

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