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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Totally Fun Tuesday/ What I am Working on….

At this point in my summer, I have to start thinking about going back to school.  (Sadly enough, my summer is going to be coming to an end way too soon.)

I changed rooms for the first time in my 10 years of teaching.  It is bittersweet!  I have REALLY BAD allergies and the room that I have been in the last 10 years seems to have only made them worse.  (A member of our K-team retired this year.    So I ended up deciding to move into her room to see if it would help my allergies.) 

Like I said..bittersweet…It really was time for a change!  Change is good! (see I am just trying to convince myself..that this is a good thing!)  Anyway, I have been at school trying to reorganize and set up a new classroom.  It is hard when you have been in the same place for so long.  The rooms are mostly the same, but not quite.  The layout is different enough that you have to rethink your room layout.

So…while I was there I thought I would share a cheap/fun kid idea with ya!  (Sorry, I was unusually wordy today???)

Noodle Fun

Swim noodles before:

Noodles 4

Swim noodles after:

Noodles 2

Noodles 3

Okay, basically you just use a knife and cut these bad babies up!  Mine are about 3-3 1/2 inches wide.  In my classroom, the kids sort them by colors and by shapes. (some of the noodles were flower shaped)  I also cut some long pieces of rope for them to string them onto to make patterns.

I am sure there is more FUN to be had with these!! Just let your kids explore/play with them and see what they can think up to do with them!!! 

Keep a look-out for these to be on sale soon!  I think I got these really cheap at the end of the season!

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  1. This is great. I need to get some noodles and try this out for my kids.

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  2. Good Luck with your return to school. Hope the allergies are better with the change of classroom!

  3. Good luck in your new room! I'm sure it will feel like yours in no time.

    And what a clever idea for the fun noodles! It makes me want to make a "ball pit" by filling a little swimming pool with those babies.

  4. Those look like fun. I never would have thought of that. That is why we have keep us filled with ideas. :)

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  6. Very cool!

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  7. What a clever idea and a perfect way for little ones to begin lacing with something easy to hold onto! Love it!

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  9. Wonderful idea! I love it!
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    Have a great weekend!

  10. My allergies seem to get worse every year!! I feel your pain.
    Great idea!! Thanks

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  11. Great idea!!!

    Ashley J

  12. Oh, so fun! I can't wait to do this for my little guys. I've used the noodles for stamps before, in case you are looking for another fun idea.

    Thanks for sharing! Found you on Lovely Crafty Home.

  13. Those little pieces actually look like they'd be a lot of fun for the kids to play with! And I was thinking the same thing as Julie... put some paint on them and use them to stamp. :)

    The summer definitely is going by fast. Thanks for linking up with the Weekend Wind Down.

  14. Interesting project for the kids.
    Thanks for the great idea.
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  15. Thats looks FUN TO DO.. but how do you cut them? just with knife? Anyways.. I'm you newest follower! You can follow back at

    What a noodle fun!

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  16. Awesome idea...I will share it with my pre-K/Kinder teacher friends...I would have loved it when I taught younger kids.

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  17. GENIUS!! I am sooooooooo pinning this to pinterest!

  18. What a great idea!! I pinned it too. My kiddos will love this!

  19. I am visiting via Someday Crafts. This is an absolutely adorable project!

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  20. Great idea!
    Hi there….
    I found your fabulous project and blog through the linky party at A Creative Princess :)
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  21. Another use I've used those pool noodles for is to put on the "rungs" of the ladder going to the top bunk. They are just metal "rods" and they always hurt my son's feet when he climbed up. The pool noodles I just cut to size and slit down the middle. So far so good.
    Also wanted to tell you something to try for those allergies. My Dr just had me start doing it and on my son as well and we have had instant relief. Find someone that sells raw, unfiltered LOCAL honey. It got me $5 for a good size jar. Take one teaspoon a day..on coffee..tea..however you want if you can't stand to eat it off the spoon. The reason being is all the local bees will pollinate all that allergens in your area. If you have allergies that bad this just might work for you and you don't have to put more "medication" in your system. It's worth a try! None the less I hope the new room works out! Sounds like alot of work ahead of you! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

  22. What a neat idea! Pool noodles are great for all kinds of things! We use them at church activities to play tag. If you get hit with a noodle you're out! Thanks for sharing!

  23. What a cute idea! Thanks for linking up to my party!
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  24. this is so cute and I am sure the kids had lots of fun with them. we love it so much we are featuring it tomorrow on the blog. Do grab the featured button if you fancy so. votation starts tomorrow. have a lovely weekend!

  25. This is brilliant! My kids would love doing this. I am going to go stock up on Fun Noodles before the summer is over! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
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  26. These are so fun looking! What a great idea :)

    Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

  27. congratulation on making it to the final round of TSWL's Finest of July 2011. Votation will start tomorrow! ^^)

    Good luck! and have a lovely weekend!