Kids Activities Summer

Super Soaker Sponge Balls for Kids – Easy Summer Activity

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.

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.


Sponge balls

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!

cut colorful sponges into 3-5 strips each lengthwise

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.

use a Rubberband or cable tie

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.

These sponge water balls are a fun summer activity for kids of all ages

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

Princess Water Toss Game

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.

disney princess sponge water ball play for toddler and preschoolSummer camp activities

The girls loved filling them with water and squeezing it out. They are soft and have a great texture in your hands.

Toddler Outdoor Play activity

Water Games for Kids

Later the girls and I played toss sitting on the lawn.

Kids Summer Activities: Soaker Sponge Balls are fun for the whole family

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.

Nothing says summer like a big juicy watermelon! We whipped up a bath of this gorgeous watermelon playdough for our upcoming watermelon theme! This homemade playdoh recipe is super easy-to-make, soft, and such a fun watermelon activity! Use this summer activities for preschoolers, toddlers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 students. Are your kids as crazy about slime as mine are? My kids love playing with slime and trying different types of slime. In our experimenting, we came up with this cool baking soda slime. This slime uses baking soda as the activator for a wonderful sheen and flow without being sticky at all! And with the first day fo sCome see how to make slime with baking soda and get playing with your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. Ready? Set. GO! This really fun car activity for kids is sure to be a hit. Whether you race your cars outside as a summer activity or indoors as a rainy day activity for kids - this is EPIC! This pool noodle activity is fun for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd graders, and up. Just grab a pool noodle, duct tape, and our free printable to create a cool hot wheels race tarck in just 5 minutes! You are going to love this simple-to-make and creative art project for kids. You can create abstract art or art projects based on famous artists. We opted to make a starry night for kids tin foil project. I love the dimmension this technique gave to our van gogh art project. This aluminum foil art makes a great summer activity for kids of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kinderagrten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th graders, and up!

Kids Activities

Looking for more fun kids activities and other ideas to keep kids engaged, learning, and having fun? Check out these:

You will love this outrageously fun painting with cars activity where kids will make a cheery rainbow painting using hotwheel vehicles. This rainbow painting for kids is a silly rainbow painting ideas that your kids will LOVE! Use this for a rainbow theme, car theme, spring theme, or just a fun play ativity with kids. Try this car activities for kids with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students.  Fun summer activity for bucket list Making a DIY foosball table is a really fun STEM project for kids of all ages to make together and loads of fun to play with too! The diy games for kids is the project for a rainy day or as a summer bucket list idea.  Try this homemade games for kids with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. This EPIC kids activity is sure to be a hit with your kids. Looking for a fun summer activity for kids? You are going to love blowing colorful snake bubble. This sock bubbles activity is super simple and such an easy summer activity idea for toddlder, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. It takes blowing bakcyard bubles to a new level making long, colorful snakes with a simple technique using a sock and a plastic bottle. You've got to try this bubble snake experiment.

Things to Do with Kids

This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! Have you ever heard of a lemon volcano? Kids are going to love this fun, creative,volcano experiment that screams summer! This simple lemon volcano experiment is perfect for curious kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. All you need are a few simple materials to make some amazing erupting lemon volcanos! The goal of an amazing science experiment for kids is to grab kids attention and make them wonder why did that happen, how could that work, and I want to try that! This leak proof bag is such a simple science experiment for kids that explores polymers. What's best is this amazing science experiment with everyday materials! Try this water experiment with kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. Kids are going to love this really fun Frozen Rainbow Eruptions science activity where kids will make beautiful rainbows as they create a chemical reaction! This baking soda and vinegar experiment! This rainbow activities for preschoolers usese a couple simple materials for a mesmerizing, colorful preschool summer activity! Use this rainbow science with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders.

Summer Science

There are so many fun ways to play and teach kids about chemical reactions using a baking soda and vinegar reaction. Here are some of our favorite baking soda and vinegar activities.

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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