With summer here it is time to head back into the pool for some fun under the sun. One way to help bring fun into your lessons is to use pool noodles in them. There are a lot of ways to use and modify pool noodles to use in school lessons, but I wanted to make it a little more fun. After some experimentation I found that if I cut a pool noodle into little pieces, they can look like popsicles!
There are a lot of clever ideas out there that turn regular pool noodles into almost anything. One that particularly caught my eye was these Postal popsicles that I used an inspiration to create this memory game. With that in mind I created a fun Pool Noodle Popsicle Memory Game. These instructions can be used to convert any lesson into a memory game. All that you need is to follow the instructions below and you will be able to create the Pool Noodle Popsicle pieces that you can then use as part of any memory game that you wish to create. The best part is that you do not need to get expensive pool noodles and in fact, I got my at the local store in the dollar bin.
In order to make your own re-usable Pool Noodle Popsicle Memory Game you will need the following materials:
- Pool Noodles (different colors)
- Popsicle Sticks
- Hot Glue
- Sharp Blade
- Thin Masking Tape
Start by selecting a length of foam to use as a popsicle. I found that about 5 inches is the perfect length. Measure out that length and use a sharp blade to cut off that section of foam pool noodle with. Once that is done, continue to make the same length of cut until you have enough sections for what you want to do.
Once you have all your foam sections that you need cut from the main pool noodles, cut them in half. Then, cut each half in half again. I found this was easiest done with a sharp pair of scissors. This means that each foam section will make four popsicles.
Then, flip each foam popsicle so that the inside edge is up. Apply hot glue, on a low heat setting, to the bottom portion of each foam popsicle so that you can attach a popsicle stick to it. Your Foam Noodle Popsicles are now ready to use!
Once you have your subject selected to use in your memory game, make sure that each piece of information has two pieces to it. Like A and a or State and Capital or Dog and Puppy. Use thin masking tape to attach each pair of information pieces to your Foam Noodle Popsicles to make pairs. Be sure to not make it too easy on your children and students by being sure to not place the information pairs on the same colored popsicles. By using masking tape on the popsicle stick you can easily remove the masking tape to create another themed memory game without having to create the popsicles again!
Once your information pairs are set-up it is as easy as finding a flat and large enough place to set-up your game. Here you can see Elizabeth and Beck setting up to play a fun game of Pool Noodle Popsicle Memory Game with the US States and their abbreviations.
As they played the game, their goal was to match-up pairs of popsicles like this: State and Abbreviation.
Hopefully you and your children can have as much fun as they did with their Pool Noodle Popsicle Memory Game! I plan to store these and use them periodically for different topics and subjects. Are you ready to make your own?