Pool Noodle Phonics

By August 15, 2016Parkland Players

This is a cool phonics activity from weareteachers.com. We liked it so much we used it ourselves in pre-kindergarten and summer camps!

The above photo on the bottom is from our own take on the activity.


  • Glue stick
  • Construction paper
  • Broom handle
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Permanent marker


  1. Cut a slit lengthwise along the entire length of the pool noodle (this is to make it easier to manipulate the pool noodles on your broom stick, or whatever kind of stick you use)
  2. Next, cut the pool noodle into one inch pieces.
  3. Write 3 different vowels on each of pool noodle segments.
  4. Repeat the process with a different colour pool noodle for consonants.
  5. Wrap a piece of construction paper around something like a broom stick. Glue into a tube and then twist it off.
  6. Slide the pool noodle letters onto the construction paper tube.
  7. Have children slide letters on and off the tube and twist the pool noodles to make words!

The colour difference is great because it allows children to see the difference between consonants and vowels and being able to physically manipulate the materials helps interest them in the activity!

Source: http://www.weareteachers.com/blogs/post/2016/07/13/here’s-a-really-simple-way-to-teach-phonics-using-pool-noodles




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