To make these ponies you'll need:
-a swimming noodle (the skinnier ones work best)
-twine, rope or your choice of something for the bridle that you can tie tightly. Consider using patterned duct tape. It holds firmly and looks great!
-felt (9 x 12 sheets work well)
-large wiggly eyes
-low temp glue gun and glue
Yes. You can use a glue gun on the swimming noodle, but trust me you want it to be the low temp kind!
Next turn the piece of felt long ways and cut a strip about an inch wide. Cut the ends of it into points for the ears. Cut the next strip (still looking at the felt long ways) at about 4 inches wide. Next I folded this wide stripe and cut waves around the edges to create the mane.
Slide the long piece for the ears between the part of the noodle that is folded and pull them up firmly in place. Glue the ears up. Hot glue the mane and wiggly eyes in place. Voila! Swimming noodle pony!
We'll use these ponies in class for listening and movement activities.
UPDATE: After creating about 30 more of these I've tried different ways to put them together. Adding a bit of glue to the ears once they are in place assures that they will stay in place during most activities.