I love pool noodles, they’re very inexpensive and they can be used for many things.
These pool noodles with contoured edges are just what I have been looking for to create a dramatic play garden!
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DIY Garden for Pretend Play
The edges of these pool noodles are contoured, when cut they look like flowers! Here are the materials you will need to make your own pool noodle garden below.
- Contoured pool noodles (dollar store, Target etc.)
- Bread knife
- Measuring tape
- Glue gun
- Lid from copy paper box or similar
- Craft sticks
- Sharp knife
- Brown fabric
- Picket fence bulletin board border
- Packing tape
How to Make a Pool Noodle Garden
First, find the lid of a copy paper box.
Next, use the packing tape to attach the picket fence bulletin board border around the outside edges of the box.
Then, measure the dimensions of the box.
Now, measure your pool noodles and use the bread knife to cut them to fit inside the box.
Next, you’re ready to glue the pool noodles in the bottom of the box.
After the pool noodles have been glued to the bottom of the box, lay the brown fabric over the top and tuck it in on the sides and in between the noodles.
DIY Pool Noodle Flowers
These flowers are super easy to make too! Just use your bread knife to slice off pieces of the pool noodle.
Then, use your sharp knife to cut a slit in the bottom of each flower- the same size as a craft stick.
Next, insert a craft stick into the bottom of each “flower” and then “plant” in your garden!
Vegetable Garden for Pretend Play
Since we’re already using the garden for flowers I thought it might be fun to use it as a vegetable garden too!
Some of the plush veggies pictured above are from IKEA and others are from Etsy.
Attach some signs to craft sticks to label your garden.
Don’t forget your watering can! (I found mine in the Target Dollar Spot)
Oh, and I also added a “No Rabbits” sign because it reminds me of the book The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Mr. MacGregor’s garden.
The garden would be perfect for your dramatic play center to accompany a spring or a farm theme to learn about where food comes from and how it grows.
I made the printable props pictured here and many others to go along with the pool noodle garden; you can check them all out HERE.
Follow my Dramatic Play board on Pinterest for more great ideas!