Canoodle Indoor/Outdoor Building Toy

by Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer D. is here to tell you about her experience with the Canoodle Building Toys and offer a giveaway to one of you. She was compensated for this post and received a sample set so she could share her experience with the product.

My kids do not love to play outside. I wish they did, but they don’t. In the summer, we spend a lot of time outside in our pool, and I can occasionally convince them to bike or scooter to the neighborhood park.

Canoodle Collage

 

When I was offered the opportunity to try out the Canoodle Toy, I jumped at it. It arrived to coincide with a cousin visit as well. Knowing that it’s easier to say “Go outside!” if you have someone to play with, I knew I could convince my son to try it out.  Since my kids are over 5 years apart, they don’t always have built-in playmates.

I love the idea that we can combine pool play with building fun, because even though my 9 1/2 year old likes to be outside in the pool, even that can be “boring,” if there’s no one swimming with him.

The info from the Canoodle press materials explain it well:

The Canoodle toy story goes back to our own childhood. Remember when we played outdoors until sunset? As kids, we would entertain ourselves with a simple ball and a stick or building a go-cart made of wood. We would build tree houses or forts and our imagination was our best friend and companion. Canoodle toy is about going back to the good ol’ days of inspiring kids to think and to challenge their creativity. This erector type building set will encourage your child’s interests allowing them to live in an environment of creation, ideation, concept building, mental development, problem solving and pure PLAYTIME FUN.

Canoodle

The set includes lots of cool connectors and ideas to use on the noodles. The sword set is fun and makes for immediate fun inside or outside.

These noodles are similar to the pool noodles, but seem to be a little sturdier. We supplemented the two we received in our sample kit with some of our old ones. Canoodle toys float, have a UV protectant which will not allow the toy to fade or crack due to the harmful effects from the sun and are made of a poly plastic resin that is of food grade quality and completely safe for kids.

The Skinny from the Kids

When they opened up the package, they loved all the different colors and shapes of the connectors. The swords were immediately picked up (and even customized). The kids who were playing were 9, 10, 14 and 15. The older kids definitely had to help the younger ones out. They said it was hard to put them together by themselves.MinibuildingsetBut in reading Canoodle’s press materials, I noticed that one of their goals is to build creativity, learn while playing, and encourage quality time for families together. Letting kids take the lead in building but helping where needed is a perfect compromise.

Canoodle is a truly unique toy. I love the indoor/outdoor crossover, and I think that we will enjoy some fun creative family play this summer.

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Enter to win

  • 1 Mini building set (pictured above)
  • 2 Pirate noodle sword
  • 1  3 pc building set
  • 1 Noodle cutter

Give away value $ 68.99



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Jean M. March 22, 2014 at 5:09 pm

When I actually get the kids outside, they usually will create some kind of story based on their video games or shows they like. They use their imaginations which is great and sticks as weapons. Sticks the greatest toy ever since the caveman days.

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2 Kelly D March 22, 2014 at 8:35 pm

My kids like to play catch and go on the swings.

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3 latanya March 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm

play on the side and climb things

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4 jenny March 23, 2014 at 1:12 am

My son currently likes going to park and enjoys playing on the swings.
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5 amanda hardesty March 23, 2014 at 2:56 am

My kids like to play in the bounce house, swim and fly kites
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6 Barbara Platt March 23, 2014 at 3:02 am

ride bikes and four wheelers

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7 Alvina Castro March 23, 2014 at 4:23 am

My kiddo loves to run and play basketball and jump on the trampoline

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8 Katherine March 23, 2014 at 7:10 am

Ride bikes, play basketball and water gun fights

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9 Erin Ellis March 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

My kids love to run around and climb things. They also love to swing and slide. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
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10 Heather B March 23, 2014 at 9:37 am

My kids love getting out to play disc golf

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11 anne March 23, 2014 at 10:44 am

We go to the park.

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12 Shannon Leigh March 23, 2014 at 10:59 am

They like to play baseball and run wild.

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13 Francine Anchondo March 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm

They like going to the park

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14 Patricia Wojnar Crowley March 23, 2014 at 7:49 pm

They love to play in the sand!

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15 stacey b March 23, 2014 at 9:44 pm

They like to play catch and ride their bikes, scooters, roller blades, etc

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16 Danish Aziz March 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

I m a big fan of DIY stuff and love to see the stuff made like this especially for children or by children
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17 DEBIJOT March 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The kids love to ride their bikes and scooters and play basketball.

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18 Sally B. March 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I absolutely love this toy ! I checked out their website and ended up ordering a few sets for my three kids. I thinks it will be good for them to play together and build skills at the same time.

Thanks for this post.

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19 Terra Heck March 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm

My kids like to ride their bikes, take the puppy on walks, and create art with sidewalk chalk. Thanks.
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20 Idaho Jill March 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm

we have chickens – my daughter loves playing with the chickens. one of them even rides the handlebars of her scooter :). it’s as funny as it sounds!
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21 kristin March 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

play football, baseball, basketball

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22 Lee Mckoen March 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm

they love to ply hide and seek and they love to use sidewalk chalk

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23 danielle March 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm

My son loves taking a walk to the park

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24 heta s March 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

in winter , they do sledding and in summer/spring/fall- on driveway. they make town, roads and play games like student/teacher.

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25 Rachel Henthorn March 26, 2014 at 1:18 pm

My daughter loves to play with her dog.

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26 lana March 26, 2014 at 9:49 pm

they love to ride bikes

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27 Noreen March 27, 2014 at 2:25 am

Tennis or bike riding

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28 Jessica March 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

My kids love to go to the park!

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29 Jennifer Pittman March 29, 2014 at 3:18 am

They like to run, swing, and go down slides.

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30 Jennifer Rote March 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

My son loves riding bikes.

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31 Nannypanpan March 29, 2014 at 10:12 pm

Scootering and swimming

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32 JD Northwest March 31, 2014 at 6:44 pm

My kids love soccer, and running and swings and parks and hiking and swimming and climbing…. and well, just being outside.

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33 Meagan bs April 1, 2014 at 10:40 am

strangely enough my daughter loves to do yard work lol unfortunately, i do not!

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34 gayle gildehaus April 1, 2014 at 12:51 pm

My kids love to be outside.They love the park,skating,basketball,etc

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35 Jessica T April 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Road hockey and tennis is the hot outdoor game right now!

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36 Ann Fantom April 2, 2014 at 7:19 pm

My daughter likes to play in her sandbox and bike ride.

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37 Shannon Baas April 2, 2014 at 7:22 pm

They enjoy riding bikes.

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38 robyn paris April 2, 2014 at 9:40 pm

they like to swim and also play with outside chalk

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39 nickie April 2, 2014 at 10:37 pm

My son loves taking a walk to the park

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40 Linda G. April 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm

They like to play on their swing set

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41 carol April 3, 2014 at 11:29 am

my grandkids love to ride their go-carts around the their property

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42 Tarah April 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

My boys love to dig in the dirt and play with their cars.

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43 April Brenay April 3, 2014 at 12:37 pm

my kids love to ride their bikes!

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44 RICHARD HICKS April 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

In the summer they love taking a dip in the pool often!

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45 harolde April 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

they love to do everything outside, swing, jump on trampoline, play sports, ride bikes, etc.

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46 Patricia April 3, 2014 at 2:41 pm

My kids like to play on the swing set or jump on the trampoline or just run around.

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47 Margot C April 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm

They like to play ball and run around in the sprinklers.

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48 McKim April 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

My grandson loves to ride his bike.

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49 Paula Michele Hafner April 3, 2014 at 5:02 pm

They like to play with the dogs, ride their bikes or scooters, make up games, play in the sand box, or pretend. My son really likes to pretend all sorts of things. Yesterday he was a pirate wood chopper and today he was a character named kite man.

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50 Mihaela Day April 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

My kids love planting flowers and vegetables :)

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51 Christina April 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm

My kids love to race eachother and ride bikes and play with hot wheels in the dirt!

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52 Tracie Trump April 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm

They love water play!

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53 Nicole Vosburgh April 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm

My son loves riding his bike and jumping on our trampoline.

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54 Stephanie Galbraith April 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

My kids like to play with their cousins.

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55 Dawn Monroe April 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm

My grandkids like to ride bikes, go on walks and explore nature.

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56 xty cruz April 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm

they love playing with the pets

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57 Rebecca Lock April 3, 2014 at 10:11 pm

My kids like to build forts, ride bikes. and play games outside.

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58 Brittney House April 4, 2014 at 12:43 am

They like to ride their bikes.

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59 Erica C. April 4, 2014 at 7:17 am

They like to play at the park.

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60 Jennifer Barr April 4, 2014 at 8:20 am

swim or ride bikes

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61 Karen Drake April 4, 2014 at 8:51 am

My kids like to play on their swingset.

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62 Heidi Embrey April 4, 2014 at 8:53 am

My kids like gardening with me and seeing little creatures in our yard. We call them our outside pets, like birds, frogs, lizards, sometimes we will see a black snake that lives in our front yard. We saw a beautiful pine snake once. They’re a threatened species so it’s nice that they have a habitat in our yard :)

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63 Katie Marks April 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

My kids like to run around, swim, and catch frogs in my parents’ pond.
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64 Kate Brown April 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

My kid loves anything and everything to do outside. His favorite would have to be riding his bike.

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65 Brenda Robinson April 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

The like to play games. Volley ball, soccer, etc.

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66 alena svetelska April 4, 2014 at 1:00 pm

my 3 kids love ride bikes and four wheelers

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67 tina reynolds April 4, 2014 at 1:47 pm

play tag play on the swing set

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68 Jonathan Brigden April 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

My kids like to play tag outside.

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69 Paula Tavernie April 4, 2014 at 3:19 pm

They like to play in the dirt!!!

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70 Danielle hall April 4, 2014 at 3:34 pm

go walking around and see what kind of different rocks etc they can find

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71 Jessibeth Vicenty April 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm

They love to play basketball with their dad :)
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72 Dierdra Byrd April 4, 2014 at 5:57 pm

My son loves to jump on the trampoline.

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73 staceyk April 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm

they love riding bikes

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74 Taryn T. April 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

My kids like to play in the water, ride bikes, and scooters! All except the 13 year old… suddenly he is too cool to play in the sprinklers!

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75 Dorothy Deakyne April 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm

MY SON likes to build forts outside

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76 Sarah C April 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Run around and explore! He is still pretty young so he is perfectly happy as long as he is in the sunshine.

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77 susan smoaks April 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm

We go on walks, bike rides and we play in the yard with the dog.

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78 Karen T Gonyea April 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm

We love to play in the sandbox !!

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79 Shirley Hicks April 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

my grandkids love to ride bikes,climb trees and play in the dirt and catch bugs

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80 Charlene S. April 4, 2014 at 9:38 pm

They like to play football and soccer :)

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81 Jodie Rosenblum April 4, 2014 at 10:18 pm

My kids like to go to playgrounds.

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82 Emily Morelli April 4, 2014 at 11:48 pm

My daughter likes to ride her bike or scooter when she is outside.

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83 Sand April 5, 2014 at 12:06 am

They like to swim and dig for things.

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84 Corey Olomon April 5, 2014 at 12:08 am

My kids love going to the park.

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85 Carolyn Daley April 5, 2014 at 12:41 am

He likes to swim and ride his bike.

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86 vivian April 5, 2014 at 3:23 am

go on the swings.

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87 Sara Wagner April 5, 2014 at 8:07 am

My kids love to play in our sandbox.

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88 DanV April 5, 2014 at 8:26 am

They like to play at the park

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89 Kathy Pease April 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

My son loves to play basketball

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90 Heather Dawn April 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

My boys like to go to the park, ride their bikes, and run around shooting each other with their Nerf guns.

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91 Eileen Burke April 5, 2014 at 9:22 am

My kids love riding their bikes outside.

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92 Missy April 5, 2014 at 9:55 am

They like to jump on the trampoline.

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