- pool noodles
1. Cut the pool noodles into chunks.
2. Give the noodle blocks/beads to your child along with some sort of string.
These are great because they can be stacked for great, noise and pain-free tower building but can also be strung like beads for gigantic necklace/snake/whatever you can imagine making! They entertained both my toddler and 4 year old for more than 20 minutes straight!