Pool Noodle Crafts: 3 Creative Ideas for Repurposing

It’s the end of summer, and swimming season is just about over. So what do you do with all those pool noodles you have lying around? Pool noodles are a great low-cost or no-cost addition to your kids’ activities. They’re very versatile and you can use them to create fun new pool noodle crafts like these (my kids’ faves!):

Pool Noodle Racetrack

We used to create mini downhill racetracks for my son out of cardboard tubes when he was younger. A pool noodle will work just as well. 



  • large pool noodle
  • 2 small race cars    
  • box knife or other sharp serrated knife


Step 1: Have an adult slice the pool noodle in half length wise with a knife so each half has a trough left from the hole in the center. You’ll have two mini downhill race tracks.

Step 2: Prop up your pool noodle race tracks on a chair or couch and place your race cars at the top. 

Step 3: Count it off and send the cars racing down the track. 

Step 4: Race your cars as many times as you want. 

Next page: Pool Noodle Hopscotch

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