These super cheap, DIY “Splash” balls pave the way for tons of fun on a hot summer’s day. Kids can make them in a jiffy, then play with them for hours.
You’ll need a pack of sponges, rubber bands, and a pair of scissors.
I picked up this 10 pack of sponges at the dollar store. Yep – 10 sponges for a buck!
Each ball requires two sponges. Cut each sponge into vertical strips of 3 (only 2 cuts required per sponge).
Gather all six strips into a bundle …
And secure around the middle with a rubber band.
Since each ten pack of sponges will make 5 splash balls, you may want to pick up two packs for every two or three kids. Plop them into a bucket with some water and let the games begin!
My son likes to have someone throw them up in the air while he shoots them with a water gun or hose. He also uses them to make drawings or write messages on the cement that disappear as the water dries. When they’re dry, my kids also like to play with them indoors. I don’t mind that they throw them around inside, because they are so light and not likely to damage anything.
My daughter likes how soft and fuzzy they are and sometimes pretends they’re “flowers” she can give to friends. She has also brought them into the bathtub with her as a bath toy. Whatever motivates my kids to actually enjoy their personal hygiene rituals more, I’m for it!
Another time they played with a group of kids, throwing these water soaked balls at each other while jumping on a trampoline. The netting around the trampoline kept all the balls contained, so mass chaos and laughter was enjoyed along with lots of exercise!
I always appreciate any tool that helps kids have more fun outdoors – where they obtain fresh air and Vitamin D from the sunshine – while also getting more exercise. The bonus for kids is that they are so immersed in the pure fun of the game, they don’t realize they’re obtaining the health benefits 🙂 .
Here’s to a great summer filled with fun activities!