We’re always looking for fun hands on activities for our students. These 5 ways to use pool noodle letters will sure to be a hit in your classroom!
To Make The Pool Noodle Letters
2 pool noodles
a large black permanent marker
a sharp knife
a bin to put all of the letters in
Take one of the pool noodles and write each letter of the alphabet making sure that the slotted side of the pool noodle is on the bottom. Space the letters apart a bit as you go. Next, carefully using the knife, cut the pool noodle in between each letter. Each of our letters turned out to be approximately 2-3 inches wide. Repeat this using both uppercase and lowercase letters. We also made extras of some letters knowing we would be using multiples of some letters in some of our activities.
For our alphabet building activity, the students will find the first letter in the alphabet in the bin and attach it to the side of the bin. They will continue to find all of the letters placing them on the side of the bin in the correct order.
Uppercase and Lowercase Sorting
For this activity, the students will sort the letters into uppercase and lowercase letters.
Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Matching
The students will find an uppercase letter and place it on the side of the bin. Next, they will search in the bin for it’s matching lowercase letter. Have them continue to do this until they’ve found all of the matching uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Using the pool noodle letters, the students will find the letters in the bin that are in their name. They will build their name using the correct letters on the side of the bin.
Sight Word Building
For this activity, the kids will be building sight words. You can have them build the sight words that you are working on in class that week, or have them sit in front of your sight word wall and have them practice building all of the sight words they have learned so far. When they have built the words using the pool noodles, have them say/read the word.
We’ve even made a free printable to go along with the pool noodle letters for accountability! You can download them below.
Do you have any other fun ideas of how to use the pool noodle letters in your classroom?