As summer draws to an end, rather than throwing away those beat-up pool noodles, grab them for this fun Multisensory Monday activity that your students will love! Blending is an essential skill in reading. This Pool Noodle Blending activity is a cheap, interactive option to help students practice the essential skill of blending. This activity can also be adapted to include a variety of skills including blends, vowel teams and diphthongs!
Pool Noodle Blending Activity
Pool noodles are easy to cut with a box-cutter – just be careful not to cut yourself! Cut your old pool noodles into 1-2″ sections. I like to use different colors for the consonants and vowels. Once you’ve cut the noodles into small pieces, use a sharpie to draw on different letters. Alternately, you can stick or clue pre-cut foam letters onto your noodles.
Once you have your pieces ready to go, slide a pencil through the center of the pool noodle pieces. I like to set up simple consonant-vowel-consonant patterns, but you could easily adapt this activity to include vowel teams, diphthongs, r-controlled vowels, or whatever your students need extra practice with.
Once you’ve got your pool noodles placed onto the pencil, your students can simply twist the beginning, middle, or ending sound to create a variety of real and pseudo words.