Here’s a Really Simple Way to Teach Phonics Using Pool Noodles

Pool noodles are available everywhere during the summer, and they’re inexpensive, too. So it’s a great time to stock up for fun, hands-on classroom activities, like Pool Noodle Phonics. What You Need To make this hands-on activity, which can be […]

Pool noodles are available everywhere during the summer, and they’re inexpensive, too. So it’s a great time to stock up for fun, hands-on classroom activities, like Pool Noodle Phonics.

What You Need

To make this hands-on activity, which can be used at a center or for independent word work, all you need is:

  • Pool noodles in at least two different colors
  • Glue stick
  • Construction paper
  • Broom handle
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Permanent marker

What to Do

1. Begin by cutting a slit lengthwise along the entire pool noodle.

Step 1 - Pool Noodle Phonics

2. Next, cut the pool noodle into one-inch pieces.
Step 2 - Pool Noodle Phonics

3. Write three different vowels on each of the separate pool noodle pieces. Repeat the process using a second color pool noodle and consonants.
Step 3 - Pool Noodle Phonics

4. Next, put glue on the long end of the construction paper. Roll the construction paper around the broom handle so that it becomes a tube.
Step 4 - Pool Noodle Phonics

5. Slide your pool noodle letter beads onto the construction paper tube. You might practice consonant-vowel-consonant words, ending blends like -nd or -lp, or words that have both beginning and ending blends.
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6. Consider having students record all the words they make using their pool noodle letter beads. Enjoy!
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Learn how to make it here:

 

Hannah Hudson

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