How to Make Pool Noodle Shooters: Estimation Lesson Plan & FREE Printable!

How to Make Pool Noodle Shooters: Estimation Lesson Plan & FREE Printable!

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We learned how to make pool noodle shooters and did a lesson on measurement, estimation and greater than less than. This lesson is a wonderful, interactive lesson that gets kids thinking and excited about what they are doing. My kids loved experimenting with different objects to see how they flew. Or didn’t! You can also tie in the laws of gravity to this lesson! 

Pool Noodle Shooter Video!
We began by discussing what an estimation is and units of measurement. We discussed guessing how far the objects will fly, and rounding up the the nearest foot (since that is how I marked the yard). I showed them a ruler and we discussed inches and how many inches are in a foot. You can take this one step further and talk about yards and other units of measurement.

I created my shooter first to show them what they were making.

We then created theirs together.

How to make pool noodle shooters

Cut the pool noodle into small pieces, about 4-5 inches long.

Cut the balloon on the side you blow.

Wrap it around the pool noodle and duct tape it down.

Stick your object in the hole and then snap back the balloon and shoot!

Critical Thinking

  • Based on how far the objects went, is there a tool that would be better for measuring in this activity?
  • Is there another tool that could give us exact measurement?
  • Why would some tools not work as well ?

We had a blast with this activity and the kids kept their shooters to do some experimenting on their own.

I have created a chart for you to record estimations!



Kindergarten State Standards:

SC.K.E.5.1 :Explore the Law of Gravity by investigating how objects are pulled toward the ground unless something holds them up. (Building with blocks)

MAFS.K.CC.3.6  – Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.

2nd Grade State Standards: 

MAFS.2.MD.1.3  – Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, yards, centimeters, and meters.


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