Well that weekend sure went fast.
I don’t know about you, but it seems like for me, the older I get, the faster they go.
Although we did plan to spend plenty of it outside coming up with ways to use this week’s Think Outside the Toy Box item, with it raining (ALL weekend), they’re wasn’t much we could do.
But that didn’t stop us! We just figured out a way to use those pool noodles indoors!
Definitely not one of the most exciting weekends, but we still had a blast making our own play house out of pool noodles!
It did take some time to set up, but Nicholas loved that he got to help “build” the house and spent most of the afternoon playing in after we were finished.
The best part was, we didn’t need a lot of stuff to make it!
All you need are some pool noodles (obviously), duck tape, and a couple of sheets.
(This isn’t really going to be a full step by step tutorial, more of a here’s how we did it. We ended up changing things up a few times to get it just right because apparently pool noodles come in all different sizes, who knew!)
We started off by creating a 2 squares with a few of our pool noodles and taping them together with duck tape.
Once we had our 2 squares, we set one on the ground and starting connecting noodles to the corners.
Once those were connected, we repeated this step but with the second square on top.
Creating the peak was actually a lot easier than I thought it was going to be 🙂
Just measure how you want them to be and duck tape your pool noodles together in and “X” shape to make the peak.
Once you attach them to your play house you can cut the excess off of the top and put a pool noodle “beam” connecting them to create the top of your house.
Once our entire play house structure was put together, we simply starting draping sheets on and securing them into place.
You can add a few extra pool noodles to your walls to strengthen them up a bit if you would like. (We weren’t really sure that we needed to, but did it just in case.)
Once all of your sheets are on, get to playing!
You could cover the entire play house with sheets, just leaving an open flap for the door if you want. Nicholas wasn’t too fond of having it feel like the entire thing was closed off so we wound up leaving the entire front end open but it’s all up to you!
Pool noodles are great for building small structures! Have you ever built something out of them with your kids?
This post is part of the Think Outside the Toy Box summer series where 6 bloggers come together to bring you fun and creative ideas for kids using common household items!
To see the rest of this week’s fun pool noodle projects, make sure you check out the other fabulous participating blogs!
And if you’re looking for more fun ideas make sure you check out the rest of our Think Outside the Toy Box projects!
5/26 – Glow Sticks (Glow in the Dark Sensory Slime Bag)
6/2 – Plastic Soda Bottles (Soda Bottle Speed Boat)
6/9 – Paper Grocery Bags (Paper Bag Wind Sock)
6/16 – Kool-Aid (Kool-Aid Painted Beach Towel)
6/23 – Ice Cream Cones (Ice Cream Cone Rocket Races)
6/30 – Pool Noodles (Pool Noodle Play House)
7/7 – Wax Paper (Wax Paper Nature Night Light)
7/14 – Puzzle Pieces (Puzzle Pictures)
7/21 – Paper Cups (Hot Air Balloon Craft for Preschoolers)
7/28 – Plastic Milk Jugs (Recycled Milk Jug Sun Catchers)
Have a fun pool noodle project you’d like to share? Link it up! We’d love to see it!