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Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival

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I had the great luck to have my super artistic, crazy imaginative, perfectly awesome Mom visiting for this week’s pool noodle challenge for the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series. And as the best Grandma ever, she helped me pull off several different pool noodle activities based around pattern play and hand/eye coordination. We threw ourselves a Kiddy Noodle Carnival!
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival

We had three different activities at the carnival. We set them up around the yard so that they could move from one to the other easily, and of course, as twin boys and children in general are want to do, they made up their own games as well and transferred items from one game to another. It was amazing how long they were entertained with a few pool noodles, a simple wooden dowel (fishing rod!), some water and some old buckets.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle CarnivalThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival
Here were our three games. All were based around pattern play, encouraging the boys to count, identify colors and mimic patterns with their noodle pieces.
1. Fishing: Their little wooden dowel fishing rods could loop up chopped pool noodles out of a bucket of water. This was by far their favorite stop at the carnival, and they spent the most time catching new “fish” and transferring them to a bucket or back and forth from Grandma’s rod.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle CarnivalThink Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival
2. Caterpillar: In this game, some simple Velcro stick-ons from the local craft store allowed them to stick the noodles together in different color patterns to make their own caterpillars (which they then enjoyed carrying around on their fishing rods). TRICK: Use a Sharpie to mark the soft sides of the Velcro so they know to match up the scratchy sides to a black dot instead of getting frustrated by trying to make two soft sides stick.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival
3. Egg Walk: Similar to the egg walk relay race most of us played as kids, this time the boys had to capture noodles with their rods in different color patterns from one side of the yard and transfer them to a bucket on the other side of the yard without dropping them. This tested their concentration and focus.We meant to play it as an actual race, but as usual, they had minds of their owns and traversed the entire yard all over before dropping off their recent catch and coming back for more.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival
We saved all of our pool noodles to reuse for many more days of play this summer. We plan to go noodle fishing in the pool, will continue to challenge their pattern recognition and even have a few more games in mind, like noodle croquet or an obstacle course to try out. What a fantastically cheap way to keep the kids entertained all afternoon!
And just for fun…here’s a pic of the kiddos with their grandparents after they finished playing.
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kiddy Noodle Carnival
Check out what the other ladies came up with for today’s challenge on their websites and be sure to link up any pool noodle related activities you might have to share!
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  1. Theres Just One Mommy

    August 21, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I love the caterpillar one! So many fun ideas!

    • Katy Blevins

      September 1, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Thank you! We had so much fun with this!

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Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art

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It’s Monday!! You know what that means…it’s time for another Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series challenge! This week…Kool-Aid. Last week, I thought I hit the bottom of the barrel as far as low cost, spending less than $6 on an afternoon of family fun with Paper Bag Maracas, but I blew it out of the water this week! Kool-Aid was on sale at Target for $2. I already had the rest of my supplies, so $2 and we were ready to go! Time to get messy and creative with Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art.

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
NOTE: This is an outside project. Prepare to get messy! 

It was a beautiful sunny day and the kids were itching for some fun, so we stripped down for some messy art and took it outside to the back deck. A few pieces of construction paper, some Elmer’s glue and a tub of Kool-Aid and we were ready to play. 
 
I started by creating some pictures with the glue based on the kids’ requests (a sun, a tree, a snowman, a silly face). Then I handed them a paper cup filled with Kool-Aid and had them sprinkle away. The sprinkled (or dumped…ha!) the Kool-Aid along the glue around the edges of the picture, carefully spreading it as they went. 

 
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Once they had it covered, I bent the paper gently in half to bring the excess Kool-Aid to the middle and dumped it out, shaking gently to remove and loose mix. In truth, the boys were already happy with seeing the light colored mix on their pictures…but the fun was still coming!
 
As the glue absorbed the Kool-Aid, it slowly turned to the actual color of the mix – red. They were shocked and super excited about this. “Mommy! My sun is turning red!!!” At that age, it was pure magic. 

Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
I should note that this is not a forever project. Although I suspect the glue would have dried hard eventually, it stayed more like a gel when mixed with the Kool-Aid and never got much past the slimey, sticky phase, so I just tossed the remainders after the kids went to sleep. Our goal was to have fun using our hands to sprinkle and get messy, and to watch our pictures come to life with color. Next time we do this, I am definitely going to pick up several colors of Kool-Aid for even more fun! 
 
This activity was immediately followed with bath time! Kool-Aid gets EVERYWHERE. And you know after just a few short minutes, they found their fingers in their mouths. Sugar for the win! 

 
Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series: Kool-Aid Sprinkle Art
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