Do you have pool noodles around your house? These inexpensive foam noodles can be used to create an amazing pool noodle water wall! My kids spent hours playing with it and I know your kids will absolutely love it!
Pool Noodle Water Wall Materials
You can make this water wall for around $10! Here are the 3 materials you need:
- 3 or more pool noodles
- zip ties
- 2 feet x 4 feet x 3/16 inch peg board (we got ours at Lowe’s for $6)
Alternative to Peg Boards: If you don’t have a peg board, you can make this water wall outside on a chain link fence.
How to Make a Pool Noodle Water Wall
You can create your pool noodle water wall however you’d like! Feel free to follow the pattern we did or just make up your own. If you’d like to use our pattern, just follow the steps below.
Blue Pool Noodle:
- Take one pool noodle and zip tie it to the top left corner.
- Bend the noodle to the right about 1/3rd of the way down and zip tie it near the right side.
- Drop the noodle straight down and zip tie it near the bottom of the noodle.
Green Pool Noodle:
- Zip tie the noodle at the top of the peg board in the middle.
- Bend the noodle to the left about 2/3rds of the way down and zip tie it on the left side of the board.
Red Pool Noodle:
- Zip tie the noodle at the top on the right corner.
- Curve the noodle about halfway down the board and then curve it to the right.
- Zip tie at the bottom of the noodle.
I suggest having another adult help you make this. My sweet hubby tied on all the zip ties, while I held the noodles in place. 🙂
Materials to Add to Your Water Wall
To make it easier to pour water into the pool noodles, you can add funnels to the top of each pool noodle. At the bottom of the noodles, add containers to catch the water.
Then just take your water wall outside and start pouring in water! Your kids will love pouring in water and seeing it shoot out the bottom!
Now how fun would this be on a hot summer day?! It’s a great way to cool off!
Variations of the Water Wall
If you’re looking for some fun ways to play with the wall, check our these ideas!
- Have someone pour water in at the top of the noodle. Hold your hand at the bottom of the pool noodle and then let go to see the water rush out! That would also be a great mini-lesson on water pressure.
2. If it’s too cold to play outside, then you can turn the pool noodle water wall into a marble racer! Just simple place marbles at the top of the noodle and watch how fast they travel to the bottom. My toddler REALLY loved this activity. (Please use discretion and do not allow your child to do this if they put small objects in their mouth and please supervise!)
You could also have marble races with a sibling or friend to see which marble travels faster!
3. Use water beads in the pool noodles. Make sure you put a container at the bottom to catch the water beads.
Frequently Asked Questions
- If I don’t have a peg board, what can I use instead?
- I would recommend making a water all on a chain link fence or a garden fence. You just need something that can hold up the pool noodles with zip ties.
- What age is this activity for?
- When I made this pool noodle water wall, my boys were 4 and 2. I think this would be great for ages 2-10. This would be a great engineering activity for older kids!
- How do you store the water wall?
- We stored ours in the garage. I definitely recommend reusing this water wall, so keeping it in an indoor area is a great idea. If you use a plastic peg board, then you could leave it outdoors since it is waterproof.
- What are some other ways to make the water wall?
So, will you be trying this activity out? Please let me know if you do!