Painted Pool Noodle Craft for Kids

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Here is a unique painting activity for summer: painted pool noodle craft. Use your pool noodle as a canvas for a fun and easy painting project for kids this summer!

Painted Pool Noodle Craft for Kids

How to Make Painted Pool Noodle Craft

This craft is pretty cool. We have painted sticks (and painting driftwood is something I want to do this summer too). This art activity is pretty much the same but on a bigger scale. I love taking fun projects (usually art ones) and making them big. This one is definitely good for older kids but a toddler and preschooler would definitely have fun painting a pool noodle too.

I would start this activity early in the day. The paint needs to dry in between the project so do the first part in the morning and while the painted noodles are drying your kids can go off to do another activity and come back to them in the afternoon to finish them off.

Painted Pool Noodle Craft for Kids

How to Paint a Pool Noodle

Step 1 – Make a Pool Noodle Stand

Set up your pool noodle stand. This will make painting and drying your noodle easier. Take 3 or 4 bamboo sticks and stick them into the ground and slide the end of the pool noodle over them. The noodle should stand up right on its own.

Painted Pool Noodle Craft for Kids

Step 2 – Tape the Pool Noodle

I used painters tape for this step and wrapped it around the pool noodle to create sections.

Painted Pool Noodle Craft for Kids

Step 3 – Add Paint

It’s time to add some acrylic paint in all your favourite colours. Try to find paint that dries fast. You may to add more than one coat depending on the colour of your pool noodle and the colour of the paint. You will need to wait until the paint is completely dry before continuing to the next step.

Painted Pool Noodle Craft for Kids

Step 4 – Add Designs

Now it’s time to add some details. Once your pool noodle is completely dry you can start adding some designs to eachsection.

This is your time to get creative. Add little dots, lines, zig zags, whatever your little one desires!

Painted Pool Noodle Craft for Kids

Age Suitability

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

Mess Level

This is a mess level is medium.

Difficulty to Create


Skills Developed in Painted Pool Noodle Craft

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

Supplies for Painted Pool Noodle Craft

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  • Light coloured pool noodles
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brushes
  • Painters tape

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