Awesome Pool Noodle Engineering Wall for Kids

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I’ve been wanting to build my daughter an engineering wall for a long time.  A place for her to learn and play about some of the basics of engineering like pulleys and lights and pumps.  She loves designing and building, but all of the walls I had seen seemed either too complicated to build or not sturdy enough to be worth the time.  Then we went swimming and I had a burst of inspiration.  Pool noodles!  Light enough to hang on a wall, and sturdy enough to last a while.  And enter in my favorite wall hanging supply, Command™ products to get the job done.  Here’s how we made an Awesome Pool Noodle Engineering Wall for Kids.

Make this awesome pool noodle engineering wall with your kids for some fun summertime STEM learning.

Trial and Error Made Fun

The best part of this project was definitely the process.  The “final” wall is fun to play with, but not nearly as fun as figuring out how to make it.  The Babe and I have been trying different things all week to see what we could do. Marble run, pulleys, worked.  Gears, not so much.  Levers?  Boring :)  She loved trying to solve issues when they didn’t work and kept coming back to it to make it better.  The good news is all of the Command™ products are repositionable, so they can keep engineering to their heart’s content.  Enjoy the process with your kiddo and let the materials and your brains be the inspiration.  Here’s my daughter after her first successful marble run :)

Successful Marble Run LBCB

Here’s a little taste of the fun in action:

How to Make Your Pool Noodle Engineering Wall

Pool Noodle Marble Run

To make the marble run, grab a pool noodle or two and a sharp knife (a steak knife works great).  Cut the noodle into 9-12 inch sections.  Then make a cut down the length of the piece and make a second cut about an inch around the noodle.  You can think about it as a pie that you just cut a 20% piece out of.
Marble Run Supplies LBCBNow grab one of the picture hanging strips.  Peel off the label and stick one side of the strip to the middle of the noodle piece. Then peel the wall  the wall side strip onto the wall at an angle so the pool noodle tips downhill.


Pool Noodle Pulley

Supplies Needed

  • 9″ length of pool noodle (wide ones work best here)
  • 3 Command™ Brand Clear Wire Hooks
  • Twine
  • Sharp knife

We made a three fulcrum pulley with three of the hooks and strung some twine between them.  On each end was a hollowed out piece of pool noodle that serves as a cup.  Poke some holes in the sides and then you can feed a piece of twine through to make a hande.

Pulley Play LBCB

Pool Noodle Lights

Supplies Needed

  • 4″ length of pool noodle
  • Small tealights (I used the submersible kind)
  • 2 Command™ Brand Clear Hooks

Pool Noodle Light LBCB

Simply cut a two inch thick section of noodle and pop the tea light into the center.  Then mount one of the clear Command™ hooks onto the wall and hook it on.  Done!

Pool Noodle Air Pump

Supplies Needed

We found some fun pool noodle water guns at Walmart while we were picking up supplies for the wall.  They were too fun not to get!  And it turns out that they pump air as well as they pump water so we taped on some crepe paper and hooked it to the wall with a picture hanging strip.

Air Pump LBCB

One Stop Supply Shop

I love that I was able to pick up so much fun stuff for this project at Walmart.  There aren’t many places that you can go to get pool noodles, twine and craft supplies!  Oh and the milk I ran out of this morning, too.  Plus they have stuff for all my own crafty projects.  I just picked up some fun inspiration for all the stuff I found in the craft aisles at the Scotch™ Brand Project Amazing hub.  So many cute things to make this summer.

Walmart Craft Aisle LBCB

Inspiration for Young Engineers

Love projects that inspire the engineer in your house?  Try these fun activities:

Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, and Math Fun for Kids

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21 thoughts on “Awesome Pool Noodle Engineering Wall for Kids”

    1. leftbraincraftbrain

      Hey Trisha! I used the hooks for both the pulleys and to attach some pool noodle rings with the tealights in them. I also added a few foam beads I had laying around onto the hooks for decoration.

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