Easy Pool Noodle Soup: Summer Sensory Bin

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This easy pool noodle soup is a great sensory play idea for toddlers and preschoolers. A fun way to play and learn with pool noodles this summer.

Easy Pool Noodle Soup: Summer Sensory Bin

Pool Noodle Fun

I picked up a few dollar store pool noodles this summer to use in activities and it’s been great!

Have you used your pool noodles for anything other than in the pool fun? Well if you’re interested in pool noodle crafts its best to grab a few cheap ones from a dollar store. You can get thin noodles that are easy to cut and thus great for crafts in tons of colours.

Easy Pool Noodle Soup: Summer Sensory Bin

We used them here them in a simple water sensory soup and sorting activity perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Add some bowls for sorting and bowls for mixing.

Easy Pool Noodle Soup: Summer Sensory Bin
Easy Pool Noodle Soup: Summer Sensory Bin

How to Set Up Pool Noodle Soup

Grab your pool noodles in different colours and use a pair of scissors to cut the pool noodles into pieces about 1 inch wide.

Easy Pool Noodle Soup: Summer Sensory Bin

Toss them into a sensory bin and add some water so that they float.

Add some large bowls, large spoons for scooping and a whisk. You can even add recycled fruit containers for something new to hold the noodles. They also have holes so they are fun to put in the water. When they’re done, save the cut pool noodles for other activities!

Way to Play with the Pool Noodle Soup

Here are a few easy ways to extend the learning with this easy sensory bin:

  1. Sort the pool noodles by colour.
  2. Stack them by colour.
  3. Make patterns.

Age Suitability

This activity is good for kids 2 years and up. My kids are 4, 4, and 8 year old.

Mess Level

This is a mess level is low.

Difficulty to Create


Skills Developed in Pool Noodle Soup Sensory Bin

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

Supplies for Pool Noodle Soup

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  • Pool Noodles
  • Sensory Bin
  • Scissors
  • Water
  • Large Bowls
  • Large Spoons
  • Whisk

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