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I saw these pool noodles at the grocery store, and they had extra large holes in the middle. I just knew that they would work for an activity.

pool noodle ball run 1

I made a frame out of four pvc pipes, using duct tape to hold them together at the top. I then attached regular pool noodles to the frame to give something for the ball run pieces to attach to.

pool noodle ball run 2

I cut the large-holed noodles in half length wise to make the run pieces, and then cut them to the sizes that I needed. Then I attached these ball run pieces to the noodle frame, and to each other using toothpicks.

pool noodle ball run 3

We sent balls down the run, water down the run, and balls and water down together. We added toothpick barriers in the places that the balls tended to jump the track.

pool noodle ball run 7


  • Pool noodles
  • Pvc pipe
  • Duct tape
  • Toothpicks
  • Foam golf balls


  • Fine motor
  • Visual perception
  • Motor planning
  • Upper extremity strength
  • Range of Motion

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Tonya is a pediatric Occupational Therapist, and loves creating things to work on skills and solve problems.

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