Looking for a quick, easy, and FUN backyard water game? You will love whipping up some sponge balls! In less than 5 minutes, using our DIY Sponge Ball Tutorial your kids will be ready to cool off and have fun at the same time all summer long. These sponge balls DIY are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and kids of all ages. These are like reusable water balloons! So pop over and find out how to make sponge balls at home and get ready for EPIC water games for kids.
I always get so excited planning fun summer activities for my crew! We try to fit in the classics like going to the park, swimming, camping, drawing with chalk on the driveway, blowing homemade bubbles, playing in the sprinklers, backyard slip-n-slide, eating homemade popsicles, summer reading programs, and lots of free time to play in the backyard. I also like to sneak in educational learning activities too like science experiments, fun worksheets, and fieldtrips.
Every year I try to come up with new easy summer activities that the kids will look back on fondly remembering, oh yeah… that year we made the kid wash or tried bubble painting, raced soap boats or played in frozen paint. Do you do that too? Sponge balls have become a tradition in our house becuase they are so EASY to make and have endless uses for backyard water games! I thought would be a one time kids activity. However, it was so much fun and so simple to prepare, it has become a tradition. My kids look forward to playing with Water Balls for Kids every single summer! This summer activity for kids is also a great idea for summer camp activities!
DIY Sponge Ball Tutorial
This idea has been floating around the internet for a while. I’m not sure who had the idea first (sorry to the creator!). But we decided to whip up our own version of this super easy, cheap and fun summer activity for toddlers, preschoolers, pre k, kindergartners, babies, first graders, 2nd graders, and kids of all ages. My husband even had fun playing!
Water Balls for Kids take only 5 minutes to make and will give your kids hours of water fun in their backyard all summer long!
Sponge Balls DIY
You will need 2 sponges for each water soaker balls, so buy as many cheap, colorful sponges as you want to make as many of these water balls as you need. We found that you will want at least 3 per child. (HINT: You can get these inexpensive sponges in packs at the dollar store, Amazon, or walmart). Just make sure you don’t get ones with any rough sides for scrubbing. Get bright colors like green, blue, pink, orange, purple, etc. The brighter, the more appealing to kids!
Cut each sponge into four strips lengthwise.
How to Make Sponge Balls at Home
Now grab 8 different strips of sponges – pick whatever colors you like to make either a solid color, two two, or multi colored sponge water balls. The two tone or multi colored ones were our favorites!
Now hold the strips, stacked up, together and twist. Then have a parent or friend put on a cable tie and trim off the excess.
You could also try to make these with a hair tye or pony tail holder if you prefer and have those on hand. You will need to make it really tight to stop the sponges from coming apart.
Water games for kids
These sponge water balls are a fun summer activity for kids of all ages. Now that you have your fun water balls you are ready for endless hours of summer fun in the backyard.
I like these kids water balls better than water balloons because there is no prep, no mess to clean up (those little pieces of water balloons get everywhere and inevitably you will miss some which will hurt animals and wildlife), and they are reusable.
Backyard Water Games
Use these water balls to:
- toss back and forth and see how long you can toss it without dropping it
- step farther and farther away from each time
- play duck, duck, drench
- clean water toys
- make a big sponge bath in a kids pool
- the uses are endless
Backyard Water Games
My girls (2 and 5) were not so eager to run around and toss them at each others. But that didn’t mean they didn’t want to play! They got on their princess dress up clothes to have some Princess Water Fun.
Summer camp activities
The girls loved filling them with water and squeezing it out. They are soft and have a great texture in your hands.
Water Games for Kids
Later the girls and I played toss sitting on the lawn.
Summer Activities for Kids
My then eight-years-old preferred to run around and try to get Mommy with them! It was actually very refreshing on this HOT day.
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