10 Amazing Pool Noodle Games For Kids And Adults


Ah, pool noodles. Those brightly colored foam pool toys that you find in every home with a pool. If you’re wondering what other fun stuff you can do with these, then we’ve got the list just for you. Check out these awesome pool noodle games and give them a try. For sure, playing these games with pool noodles will make every pool time much more fun for both the young and the young at heart.

10 Fun Games with Pool Noodles

Whether you have an in-ground or an above-ground swimming pool, there are plenty of cool and awesome games you can play with pool noodles. Here are some pool noodle games that are not only entertaining but will also bring out the competitive side in every child and adult alike.

1. Pool Noodle Hockey

Who says pool noodles are only fun in the water? This is one of those many pool noodle games you can play even when the pool is closed down for the season.

How to Play:

  1. Build two wickets or goalposts by staking chopsticks or dowels on the ground and inserting the hollow ends of the pool noodles in place.
  2. Divide the players into two teams, with each player using a pool noodle as hockey sticks to drive the beach ball into the opponent’s goal post.
  3. The team with the most scores after 15 minutes of game time wins.

2. Knock Out

A simple game with one simple rule: knock out your opponents’ paper plates and be the last man standing!

How to Play:

  1. All players start by standing at different spots in the pool holding a pool noodle upright with paper plates balanced on top.
  2. At the “Go!” signal, players rush towards each other intending to knock down the opponents’ paper plates while at the same time preventing other players from knowing their paper plates down.
  3. The last player who still has his or her paper plate balanced on their pool noodle wins.

3. Race boats

Children will have just as much fun building their pool noodle race boats as racing them. Parents’ supervision is required since scissors and knives will be needed for this project.

How to Play:

  1. Build a pool noodle race boat by cutting pool noodles into two-inch-thick cylinders or donuts.
  2. Cut a foam board into triangles which will serve as sails. Punch a hole through the sail and insert a straw through it.
  3. Attach the other end of the straw into the cut pool noodle.
  4. Head to the pool and start racing using one end of the pool as the starting line and the other end as the finish line.

4. Pool Noodle Ring Toss

Adults will have a nostalgic feeling with this game. It takes time to set up but it’s worth it.

How to Play:

  1. Make pool noodle stands by sticking chopsticks or dowels in the ground and inserting them into hollow pool noodles.
  2. Make pool noodle rings by taping both ends of the pool noodle.
  3. The first player to drop all their rings in the stands wins.

5. Pool Noodle Seahorse Race

Kids will have a grand time with this game, from making their seahorses to racing them in the pool.

How to Play:

  1. Bend one end of the pool noodle towards the middle and tie it down to make the seahorse’s head.
  2. Make the seahorse’s eyes, ears, and mane by cutting foam boards accordingly. Attach them to the head using glue.
  3. When ready, players jump into the pool and race towards the other end.

6. Giant Chopsticks

Using chopsticks can be hard, and using pool noodles can make it even harder. But hey, it’s fun and that’s all that matters, right?

How to Play:

  1. Each player is given two pool noodles and a beach ball.
  2. When the “Go!” signal is given, players lift their beach ball off the ground using their pool noodles and carry them towards the finish line. 

7. Ping Pong Ball Relay

It takes a team to win this game, so be sure to bring your best buddies along.

How to Play:

  1. Divide players into two teams, with each member holding a hollow pool noodle, cut lengthwise. Line them up from one end of the pool to the other end.
  2. Place a box or a paper cup at the finish line.
  3. At the “Go!” signal, the first player puts a ping pong ball on his or her pool noodle and balances it so that it falls into the second player’s pool noodle. The second player passes it to the third player by balancing his or her pool noodle. The game continues until one team successfully drops their ping pong ball into the box or cup.

8. Marble Racing

Not a competitive game but still very fun.

How to Play:

  1. Cut several hollow pool noodles lengthwise and build a race track using them.
  2. Put a box or a cup at the end of the race track.
  3. Roll your marbles and watch them race down the track and fall into the box or cup.

9. Water Gun Targets

Use pool noodles are your water guns and bring down targets around the pool.

How to Play:

  1. Set up targets using cups and pool toys around the pool.
  2. The player stands in the middle of the pool. When the “Go!” signal is given the player starts shooting down the targets.
  3. The player who shoots down the targets the fastest wins.

10. Balloon Basket

Fun, exciting, and good exercise, this game will surely bring endless hours of entertainment.

How to Play:

  1. Choose a starting line and place a laundry basket at the finish line.
  2. Players stand in the starting line holding a pool noodle and balloon.
  3. At the “Go!” signal, players throw the balloon into the air and keep it there using the pool noodles. Players must then move toward the finish line and drop the balloon in it.
  4. The first player to drop his or her balloon into the basket wins.



Q: What can I do with old pool noodles?


There are plenty of things you can do with your old pool noodles aside from playing games with pool noodles. You can make them into new toys like sprinklers. They can also have more practical uses like paddings for crutches and others. 

Q: How do you stick pool noodles in the ground?


You can use chopsticks or dowels to stick pool noodles in the ground. Simply stick them into the ground then push one end of the pool noodle into it so that the stick enters the hole. Do the same for the other end. You can now make obstacle courses or play other pool noodle games with them.

Q: Are pool noodles hollow?


Most of the pool noodles you’ll see are hollow in the middle. However, there are also pool noodles that have a solid core. There are no noticeable differences between the two designs, but most pool owners choose the hollow pool noodles because they are often more affordable.

Q: How do you cut a pool noodle?


You can cut pool noodles using a utility knife or a cutter. Since pool noodles are made out of soft foam, you don’t need any special cutting tools to do the job. Keep in mind that some pool noodles are coated with a special film and you’ll need a sharper knife to cut them.

Q: Why do pool noodles have holes?


Leaving a hole in the middle of the pool noodle allows manufacturers to save on production materials, thus allowing them to produce more pool noodles. Besides, pool noodles will still float even with a hollow middle. The holes also allows you to play more games with pool noodles (e.g. turn them into water blowguns).

Q: How much weight can a pool noodle hold?


This will depend on the type and size of the pool noodle. For instance, a regular sized hollow pool noodle can support as much as 4 lbs. whereas an extra-large solid pool noodle can support as much as 250 lbs. of weight.

Q: Do pool noodles absorb water?


Pool noodles generally do not absorb water even if they’re completely soaked in the water. The materials they’re made from are inherently waterproof, and some pool noodles are coated with film to further make them water-repellent and also acts as a form of protection against pool chemicals, saltwater, and the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays.

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Make sure pool time much more fun with these pool noodle games. There are plenty of games with pool noodles and pool toys you can play, all it takes is a little creativity and a dash of competitive spirit.

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