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

pool noodle race track

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. 

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