Pool Noodle Games
Pool Noodles are fun, inexpensive and
perfect for kids, tween and teen games!
Over 20 of the best Pool Noodle games are listed below. Great
for parties, get togethers, camp or anytime!
All games require Pool Noodles along with the objects under the
title of the game in italics. Some of the
objects required are inexpensive household items such as
marbles, empty gallon milk jugs and beach balls.
Pick up Pool Noodles cheap for $1.00 a piece at the dollar store
- stock up for lots of summer fun!
Beach Ball Hockey
Divide into teams and set up goals at opposite ends of the playing
field. Players use only their noodles to try to hit the ball into
the other teams goal. 1 point for each score. Play to
Beach Ball Relay
Divide into teams and line players up one after the other.
At the opposite end of the playing field set up a cone or chair as a
turn around point. One at a time players take 2 pool noodles
and move the beach ball across the field, around the turn around point
and back. They then hand off the noodles and ball to the next
player in line. Winning team is the first one to have all their
players complete the course.
Variation: Have players use only one pool noodle.
Beach Ball Relay with Obstacles
Beach balls, obstacles such as lawn chairs, sandboxes,
slides, play tunnels
Played just like the Beach Ball Relay above, only more challenging.
Create an obstacle course that the players have to maneuver their beach
ball through. Over lawn chairs, through sandboxes, up slides, over
benches, etc. Play as a team or time single players with a stop
watch and see who has the best time, or who has the most improved time
after playing several times.
Have players compete in several different training games!
Balance Beam - Players must walk the length of their
pool noodle without falling off. When everyone has the hang
of balancing one foot in front of the other have players balance walking
backwards and with their feet moving side to side!
Hand Balance - Players hold their pool noodle with one
hand 1/3 of the way up and the other hand flat on the bottom of the
noodle. Balance the noodle on the palm of your hand, then toss and
switch to balance on the other hand.
1/2 Noodle Balance - Balance 1/2 a pool noodle on your palm and then
toss it and catch it on the other end.
360 Toss - After the players master that move place a piece of
tape or a sticker on one end of the noodle and try to toss the noodle
360 degrees and catch it! The tape or sticker will let you
know if it has rotated 360 degrees.
Head Balance - Players try to balance the pool noodle
lengthwise on their head. Make it more fun by making it into a
relay race where it has to stay on their head the whole time!
They can also try to balance the end on their head!
See who can balance it lengthwise on the edge of their hand, feet, toes,
back, etc. Can they balance it on their back while
crawling? On their head while dancing? On the top of
their feet while walking in a relay race?
Beach Ball Volley
Volleyball net or rope across the playing area, beach balls
Two players hold the opposite ends of 2 noodles. They place
a beach ball in the center and then toss it over the net where the
opposite team must catch the beach ball with their noodles and toss it
back over the net.
Variation: Play with water balloons for a cool splash game!
Balloons, laundry baskets
Players hold 2 pool noodles and try to pick up balloons and
place them in a container.
Blow up lots of balloons and have players try to pick them up
using only their pool noodles and then place them in their
container. When all the balloons are picked up count each
players balloons to determine the winner.
Have players form a large circle with about 4 feet in between players.
Each player, on "go", tosses their pool noodle to the player on their
right. After tossing they immediately have to catch the pm
that is being thrown to them from the other side. After several
practice rounds make the game harder by increasing the size of the
circle and the distance between the players.
Players can be eliminated if they drop a pn, or just play for fun!
Crazy Team Tag
2 colors of Pool Noodles - one color for each team, large outdoor
Divide into teams. On "go" teams try to tag each other by
hitting the other teams players below the waist with their pool noodle.
If a player is tagged them must sit down right where they are tagged.
They can be untagged if a team member tags them with their noodle.
Play continues until one team has tagged all the other teams players.
Fast and crazy fun!
Teams race relay style while balancing a Frisbee on top of a pool
noodle. Divide into teams and give each team 1 Frisbee and 1 pool
noodle. One at a time the team members have to balance the
Frisbee on the top of the noodle while they run across the playing
field, around a cone and then back to their team where they hand off the
Frisbee to the next player in line. The game continues until
all players on the team have completed the course.
Variation / Challenge:
After the first round players have to complete the course again only
this time two players must balance the same Frisbee on the ends of both
pool noodles the entire length of the course and back. Then they
hand off the Frisbee to the next 2 players in line.
For a real challenge have 3 or 4 players complete the course while
balancing the same Frisbee!
If the Frisbee drops they have to start over at the start.
Tape pool noodles together end to end to make a circle. Use
another long pool noodle to roll the circle. This takes some
practice but is lots of fun! Set up a relay style race or just let
the kids free play and see how far they can get their circle to roll!
Tape, string, tree branches or string across two tall structures
Tape the ends of 5 - 6 noodles together with tape to make circles.
Tie string to each circle and hang in different heights.
Players start from a mark about 8 feet from the rings and try to throw a
whole pn through each ring. Give more points for the more
After everyone has a chance to throw from the first mark, back up the
mark to 10, 12, 14 feet away or more to increase the difficulty!
Life Size Foosball
Choose teams and have players stand on the playing field like the pieces
on a Foosball table. Players from the same team face their goal.
Have all players hold on to a pool noodle to keep them in line and try
to kick a play ball into the other teams goal. Lots of fun for
older kids, tweens and teens.
Marbles, sidewalk chalk or other tall objects that can be knocked
Players roll marbles through the hole in the center of their pool noodle
and try to knock down sidewalk chalk pieces that are standing on their
ends. Players must be at least 7 feet away from the chalk.
The first player to knock over their 5 pieces of chalk wins!
Tip: Place a pool noodle behind the chalk to catch the marbles so
they don't roll too far.
Pool Noodles cut in half lengthwise, marbles, tape
Make marble runs with pool noodles that have been cut in half and taped
end to end. Run them down stairs or use tape to create bends and
turns. See how far the marbles will go, or set up
two tracks side
by side and have a marble race!
Before the game write out different ways a pool noodle could be used
(examples below). Players take turns picking a card and acting out
the object on the card using pool noodles.
Variation: Have players come up with their own ideas and have
other players guess!
Some ideas to act out:
Pirate Peg Leg
Letter of the Alphabet
Pool Noodle End to End Water
Large container of water, empty gallon milk jugs
The object of this fun game is to move water from the large water
container to a milk jug using only the middle channel of the pool
noodles. Players must fill up the center of a pool noodle
with water and then work together to place their noodles end to end to
move water across the playing field into their teams container.
The first team to fill their jug to the top wins!
Small swim rings
Divide into teams and give each player a pool noodle. Have
players stand in a line at least 10 feet from each other.
The first person in line tosses the ring to the next team mate
and they have to catch the ring using only their noodle.
They then have to toss the swim ring to the next person in line
and so on. The last person in line tosses the ring back
and so on until it reaches the front of the line again.
The first team with their ring back to the starting line wins!
For older kids make a rule that if the ring hits the ground it
has to go all the way back to the start and that team begins
Variation: Instead of tossing the ring with their hands the
players have to toss the ring using the end of the noodle.
Large container of water, empty gallon milk jugs
Teams race to fill up their jug using 1 noodle. Teams line up and
the first player dips the pool noodle into a large container of water,
bending it so that the water stays in the channel. They then run
across the playing field to their container and empty their water into
the jug. They then run back and hand off the pn to the next player
in line. The game continues until one teams jug is overflowing
Shaving Cream Challenge
Play balls, shaving cream, large
tub of water
Players try to clean off shaving cream from a ball using only water
poured through the hole of a pool noodle.
Set up the game area by placing a ball covered with shaving cream on the
ground. (Place pn's on the ground behind the balls to keep
them from moving too far away.) Players stand behind a mark
at least 7 feet away from the balloons.
Play as teams or individually. Players (or teams) get one pool
noodle. They dip the noodle into the tub of water and then use the
water to try and clean off the shaving cream from the ball using only
the water they have collected in the pool noodle center channel.
Players have to hold on to the noodle at all times and can not cross the
Make the game more challenging for older kids, tweens and teens by
making the mark 10 - 12 feet away from the balls.
Have kids practice their sword moves by popping bubbles!
Tri Team Relay
Divide into teams of 3 players. Each player has a pool noodle.
Set up a course that the teams have to complete and then go back to the
starting line. On "go" teams have to lift their beach ball
using all three players noodles and race through the relay course!
More Outdoor Summer Fun:
Splash and Water Games
Squirt Gun Games
30 Sidewalk Chalk Games and
50 Water Balloon Games
20 Beach Ball Games