Pool Noodles!

Summer is around the corner, and I love new ideas. Check out this new game that Liz Simpers a co-worker of mine shared this week from the website raisingdragons.com! This website has some other awesome ideas as well, check it out.

The Standing Pool Noodle game is recommended for ages 4 and up. All you need is open space and pool noodles. Music to the ears for programmers on a tight budget. There are many ways to play this game, and this demonstration chose to play as a team game. Start with everyone holding the pool noodle straight up. Then say “1,2,3 Go” and everyone let’s go of their noodle and moves in a clockwise direction to the next noodle. The goal is to keep all the noodles standing for as many rounds as possible. After 5-6 moves, she had the boys take a step out to make it a little more challenging. Older kids like moving the noodles really far apart and running as fast as they could to keep them from falling. So fun and great for balancing, teamwork, and gross motor skills. There is also a video on that website to explain the game some more!

This is also a great idea for a contest in front of a large group/audience in assemblies. Kids love to compete and you could have the winner stay on stage, and keep challenging other kids and staff in the crowd. There are also more games you can play with noodles such as a noodle balance contest, and putting it in the palm of your hand. There is also a noodle balloon game where you move balloons with the noodles in teams or a contest to see how long you can keep the balloon in the air!

More ideas in the Resource Zone at http://www.youthprogramfire.com!


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