This started a massive online search. We now have pool noodle ring toss, pool noodle volleyball nets, and pool noddle javelin toss.
When I started to cut the pool noddle activities for the learning bags, they just seemed to be so big. In my little shoe box organization system, I could only fit one pool noodle activity per box.
Here is one example of doing this craft with actual pool noodles:
Pool Noodle Games
So, back to the dollar store I went.
One year for Christmas, I had made a Hockey Survival kit for my Sister-In-Law's family. It included these mats that were actually meant for gardening knee pads. They are rainbow, made of foam, and laceable. Score!!!
This is perfect for making a much smaller version.
I bought a mat, and got ready to cut.
I cut mine into 2" strips.
And once cut, you have to cut off the foam from the other colours (where they are glued together).
Then I had to cut them up.
Once finished, I can make alphabet strings, which my kids can make their names out of. Or number strings. Or pretty much anything else I can think of. And it will still fit in a shoe box!