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This pool noodle pom pom shooter is a fun STEM kids’ activity that packs loads of fun! Learn and build by making pom poms shoot out of pool noodles! 

We’ve been having lots of fun building with pool noodles lately and with summer in full swing, it’s time to brush up on our STEM skills and get them making cool STEM projects that move like this awesome pool noodle pom pom shooter. 

In this case, what moves are the pom poms shooting out of the pool noodles from the pull back force of the balloon around it!

pool noodle pom pom shooter in pink, green, yellow and blue

hand stretching balloon on a pool noodle pom pom shooter

green and yellow pom pom shooter  

hand stretching balloon on a pom pom shooter 

pom pom inside a pool noodle

What do I need to make a pom pom shooter? 

Cut some pool noodles and balloons, wrap them around and insert some pom poms inside and you have a cool game that’s ready to play!

Of course you need to be careful in who is cutting the pool noodles to size. We recommend adults do this step only. But after that it’s just a matter of cutting balloons and wrapping around the pool noodle with strong or Duct Tape. 

3 pom pom noodle shooters with pom poms coming out

pom pom coming out of a pom pom shooter made of pool noodles

What games can I play with this fun shooter?

We always like kids activities that have multiple uses and ones that get them moving! With our kids, we played these various games with our pool noodle pom pom shooter:

  • Who can shoot pom poms the furthest? Stand next to each other and load up your pom poms. Have each kid shoot one at a time and see who wins with the furthest pom poms!

  • Play tag! Run after each other and try to tag with a pom pom coming out of the pool noodle shooter 

  • Shoot pom poms up on the air and try to catch them as they fall back down. 

These are just a few examples to play but I’m sure you and your kids can think of some more fun games!

As for toddlers, my two year old liked to just stuff pom poms inside the pool noodles similar to this pom pom whisk activity. So you can maybe make a longer shooter for your toddler and have them just focus on this fine motor skill of adding pom poms inside! 

pool noodle pom pom shooter  

3 pom pom pool noodle shooters

3 pom pom pool noodle shooters 


Pool Noodles
Balloons (large enough so that the ends will fit around the size of your pool noodle)
Strong Tape like Duct Tape
Small pom poms (About one inch. We like these stronger felt pom poms which are heavier and shot out better than puffy pom poms.)
Serrated knife

3 pom pom pool noodle shooters

INSTRUCTIONS (watch the video in this post to see how 

Step 1. Cut your pool noodles about two inches in length. (adults only)
Step 2. Make a knot on your ballon and then cut of the end. 
Step 3. Wrap the larger end around one end of your pool noodle. Secure the seams of your balloon around the pool noodle with strong tape. 
Step 4. On the other open end of your pool noodle add pom pom to the bottom, pull down the top of the balloon to create air and release to allow the pom pom to come out. You can do one pom pom at a time or stuff the opening. 

hand stretching yellow balloon to shoot out pom poms

hand stretching yellow balloon to shoot out pom poms

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