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Pool Noodle Sprinkler Fun!

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I live in a neighborhood full of kids and I love to hear them laughing and squealing with fun especially during the summer months. We have several lakes, a canal and now a beach area (plus a traditional swimming pool!) to keep kids occupied, but sometimes you just don't want to get up and go. This is where the Pool Noodle Sprinkler comes into play.

So here's how it works:  Using a full sized pool noodle,  poke holes all over the noodle (the more holes, the more fun!) using a sharpened pencil, a wire from a clothes hanger or even a metal skewer. Be careful, there is some resistance at first, then the wire will plunge in. Don't do this on your lap!  If you make the holes in a row spaced out, you will get the highest stream, and is the best if you plan to lay it on the ground.  I am hanging mine from a tree, so I am going to poke holes all around.

Here's the step by step:

Yield: 1 water sprinkler
Author: Terri Steffes
Estimated cost: $2

Pool Noodle Sprinkler

A $1 pool noodle from the dollar store is a great investment for summer water fun!
prep time: 30 Mperform time: total time: 30 M


  • 1 pool noodle, any color
  • 24" duct tape


  • strong scissors
  • skewer for making holes


  1. Cut off 2" off one end of the pool noodle.
  2. Cut the 2" section into 4 pieces.
  3. Stuff 2 or 3 of the pieces into one end of the pool noodle (this is to stop the water and build some pressure)
  4. Poke holes into pool noodle, all over.  If you plan to lay the sprinkler on the ground so kids can jump over it, then poke the holes about 2" apart in a straight line.
  5. If you have a sprayer nozzle on one end of the hose, remove it.
  6. Stuff the hose into the open end of the noodle.
  7. Wrap duct tape on the closed end and the hose end to secure it in place.
  8. Lay on the ground, holes up, or, hang from a tree.
  9. Turn on the water and let the fun begin!


The noodle will leak from the bottom a bit so poke your holes mainly toward the bottom of the noodle, near where you capped the end.
We tried capping the end with the bottom portion of a water bottle but saw very little difference.
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  1. Oh my gosh this is that easy to do! I have pool noodles coming out my ears. I am doing something like this for sure.

  2. How cool! I know my daughter will want to make one of these. What a great idea for the summer.

  3. This is so cool! This looks like so much fun to have for my family in our backyard.

  4. What a great DIY pool noodle sprinkler! My nephews and niece would love to play with this!

  5. That's a cool idea for Summer. We need to try to make one of these.

  6. Oh my gosh, what great summer fun! I'm sharing this quick and easy DIY pool-noodle sprinkler idea with my sister who has three kiddos!

  7. I have seen many pool noodle crafts that looks so neat. I like that this is inexpensive. My kids love water play in the summer. I will have to try it.

  8. My kids would love this so much! We actually just picked up a couple of pool noodles at Dollar Tree. I'll have to pull one out and see if I can do this!

  9. What a fun and inexpensive way to make a sprinkler for kids! This is such a great idea, I might do it for my daughter.

  10. Now this looks like it would be a LOT of fun to play in during those hot summer months! I need to try this for when my nieces/nephews come over!

  11. This is such an easy way to create some summer fun for the kiddos. It's certainly affordable too. I can just hear the little one's squealing while they are playing now!

  12. This is such a fun summer idea! You gotta find fun ways to keep cool when you don't have a pool!

  13. That is such an awesome idea. I'm going to have to do this for my daughters. This will be so much fun for the summer.

  14. I wish my kids were young enough to enjoy this but they are going to college and high school. I will tell my siblings with young kids about this such a cool idea.

  15. Fun ideas like this are going to be so helpful on those hot summer days. This should be easy enough!

  16. This is the cutest idea and it was so fun coming up with summertime activities for the kids. There are so many great ideas.

  17. I have some noodles too around so I can't wait to try this so many things you can do with noodles these days because I use them to wash hair in the sink for my kids too.

  18. What a simple way to create loads of water fun this summer! I'm going to have to get some pool noodles from the dollar store and give this a try with the kids this summer.

  19. What a fun and inexpensive way to beat the heat! I think my dogs might like it too!

  20. This sounds absolutely easy to do. I never thought it was this simple actually. This is worth while and the investment.

  21. Cathy Mini2:22 AM

    This is gonna be so fun this so very days perfect for the backyard and kids definitely love this.

  22. Yes, I really need some ideas for my kids for this summer! Thanks for sharing this!

  23. Love this idea! I'm going to have to try it with the kids!

  24. How fun is that? Noodles are really big here in Florida and I have got to make one of these. Thanks for the how to.

  25. That would be a fun addition to any backyard. Kids love playing with water. They're going to have fun with that.


  26. This is such a cool idea that kids will surely enjoy! Always great coming across an affordable DIY, too!

  27. These is really cool idea, my kids will love it. I am going to try it as kids likes play with water than anything.

  28. Such a unique, entertaining idea for kids. And with how hot this summer has been already, kids will have a blast.

  29. This is such a fun activity for the summer. Keeping the kids cool outdoors is always a challenge when the temps rise!!

  30. Cool idea for the Summer and easy to make too! I can almost hear the kids squealing with excitement!

  31. Now this looks like some good ole summertime fun!! What a great idea!!

  32. There are so many things to do with pool noodles. I haven't heard of this idea before.

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