The Pool Is Just the Beginning
Pool noodles. We've all seen them and maybe even floated with one in the water. Kids are far more creative — they use them to squirt each other, build shapes, and stage mock sword fights — and we can take a cue from them. Odd as it seems, these long hollow tubes of polystyrene foam can have a second life beyond the pool. So stock up when the price is right (figure on $3 a pop, and even less during summer close-out sales) and put a pool noodle or two to work around the house, even if you don’t have a pool.
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