Recently, we’ve had several inquiries at PE Central asking, “As a physical education teacher, how can I use soft swim pool noodles appropriately in my physical education class?”
Great question! Soft foam swim pool noodles are a versatile, low cost, and colorful piece of equipment. They can be used as an obstacle to go around, under or over, in dances as a prop, a way to practice balance, pathways and directions, as a tagger identifier and they are great to use at a station activity.
S&S has an awesome activity guide for tons of games with pool noodles and I searched through our lesson plans at PE Central and found 5 ideas that incorporate pool noodles.
This is a nice lesson to help young children learn about pathways, directions and personal space
This is a nice activity to have children practice their locomotor skills. The noodles are held
This lesson idea incorporates a lot of dribbling and building of things including noodles.
This lesson the teacher uses the noodles at a station and the kids practice balancing with them.
In this lesson idea the teacher uses the noodles as an obstacle/cone for students to move around/through.
I hope these have helped spark your interest in adding pool noodles to your future lesson plans. Let us know how you are using them in your classroom or if you try some of the above activities.
Author: Mark Manross, Executive Director at PE Central