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We had a pool noodle left over from when the children made their noodle marble run a little while back as when we cut this one open we found it didn’t have the hole running through the middle.

Image from - http://casamarias.blogspot.com/

Recently, while scouring through all the wonderful ECE Facebook pages, we came across these wonderful sculptures from the ever inspiring Casa Maria’s Creative Learning Zone page.

We showed some pictures of them to the children and they asked if they could have a go at making their own.

We carefully supervised the children as they cut the foam noodle up themselves, using a bread knife.

More power to the children we say!

We gathered up some bamboo skewers and match sticks for the children to construct with. As we still had a little bit of drift wood left over from our beachy driftwood threadings and hot glue gun sculptures the children were keen to add them in too.

What really impressed us with the foam noodle was that unlike sculpting with polystyrene …

the noodle material is really easy to cut with scissors …

and does not snap and break when you put some pressure on it …

proving really easy to create with.

Using the extra long bamboo skewers gave the children the option to use them long …

or cut them to fit.

While the matches were great for decoration and detail.

How’s that smile for one very proud sculptor?!

Thanks for the creative inspiration Maria!


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13 Responses to “pool noodle sculptures”

  1. avatar Scott says:

    Truly wonderful idea! I love the smile on the sculptor.

    ::: Thanks Scott. This is a little boy who up until recently told me that he didn’t like ‘craft’. He’s just one of those boys who are not engaged through pencils and paper! … Now he tells me he LOVES it! YAY for thinking outside the square for our boys! :) :)


  2. We created Floating Pool Noodle Sculptures a few weeks ago:
    http://www.thechocolatemuffintree.com/2011/07/pool-noodle-floating-sculpture.html

    I love your figures and the use of skewers! Now we have more options. Can’t wait to try them. I know my daughter will love it!

    ::: We LOVE that your daughter is creating her floating sculpture while playing IN the water … Now OUR brains are ticking over. Thanks Melissa!!! :) :)


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  4. avatar Bianca says:

    I really like these. I’ve been waiting for it to get warmer so that the pool noodles will appear in the $2 stores again. I love the way that you encouraged the children to cut the noodles themselves. I find that when children are involved in the creation of something from the beginning to the end their play seems to be more sustained…and there is the added bonus of teaching our children real life knife skills. I’m sure that they will remember and value the trust that you placed in them during this experience. :) :) :)

    ::: You’re so right Bianca. If we can learn to trust in them, they can learn to trust in themselves … It’s a really good feeling when you can empower a 5 year old!

  5. avatar laura says:

    hello ladies, this looks like such fun. love the blog.

    ::: Thanks so much Laura! :) :)

  6. avatar quinny72 says:

    I am going to be doing this for sure! And I love that it is extra engaging for the boys as well.

    ::: Boys love to think outside the square quinny72 … and this is a great example of that! :) :)

  7. avatar Erin says:

    Love this and love that the children are involved in the entire process and are trusted and taught to use knives correctly. Its not often that i would query something that you wonderful ladies do and while i do agree that the matches make a great smily face…i do wonder if it sends a message of ‘its ok to play with matches’ ??
    from
    someone who set a fire in the house as a four year old..

    ::: Thanks for your honest comment Erin … We did discuss the dangers of matches with the children in fact we have used them several times with the children before, even allowing them to strike matches to light candles, and holding campfires in our playground on special occasions … all under our supervision. I think the fact that they have been allowed to handled them and see them in action before does take away a lot of the mystery associated with matches but we certainly recognise your very valid concern and would recommend that everyone take their own concerns into concideraton when handling such materials. :) :)


  8. avatar Laurie says:

    I just love this idea and right now you can find pool noodles on sale. The other day we saw them at our dollar store for .50!

    ::: 50c!?!?!?! … That’s fantastic Laurie! While you’re there you might like to grab a few extras for this activity too … http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/2011/08/pool-noodle-sculptures/ ENJOY! :) :)


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  11. avatar Kris says:

    An adult can cut the noodles quickly by using an electric knife. There are also noodles which have curvy edges that when cut through look like a flower. My children used them to make flowers for mothers day by cutting regular noodles to make stems and centers of the flowers. They turned out so cute.

    ::: Thanks Kris … Those flower shaped noodles sound interesting. :) :)


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