August 6, 2010

SpongeBall Splashpants!

Even though we're not SpongeBob viewers here, we thought this was a fun name for this project I came across. It's easy, very inexpensive and lots of fun ~ which makes it a perfect activity in my book. The total project cost was about $2 (for 10 spongeballs) and took about 15 minutes total! It also had the bonus of being one of those projects that you can enjoy doing together with your kids, but then allow them to play with the finished project themselves (while you get to rest!)  Plus, unlike water balloons, the water fun can last for hours instead of just a few minutes.

Here's what you need:

Sponges (I got a pack of 10 at the Dollar Store)
Plastic cable zip ties (mine were 4" ones I had left over from something else)
Water and a bucket or bowl

Sponges and cable zip ties

Here's what to do:

1. Take two sponges and cut them into long strips. Ours were about 3x5", and we were able to cut 4 long strips out of each. The kids (ages 4,6 and 7) could easily do this on their own with their kids' scissors.

Hard at work cutting his sponge into strips.

2. Gather the strips together in a bundle with ends fairly even. Use a zip tie to cinch them in the middle and pull tight. I helped the kids fasten and cinch the zip ties (and used my teeth to pull it really tight ;) ) Trim the excess off from the zip tie and you're good to go.

We filled buckets with water, went into the backyard and had fun. They enjoyed throwing them into the air or just squeezing the soaked spongeballs over their heads. The spongeballs are soft enough that kids can throw them at each other in a waterfight (although one of mine usually ends up whining & crying within
minutes if they get squirted or splashed by their brother or sister *rolls eyes* )

Throwing the balls in the air!

  Having fun squeezing her spongeball over her head.


  1. Love this idea! Will def. try!

  2. I love this! I am a grandma and my grand kids love crafts. So this will definitely be a craft for us to do together! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I was just looking around for cool activites to do with my younger sisters and found this website. there so many cool things to do(i love this idea) can you find one for braclet making. if can post it as fast as you can. thanks bye! b.t.w you must be a really fun mom!

  4. I've done this with my kids now 9 and 11. Be sure to use a small zip tie. the larger ones hurt when you get hit with them. Otherwise it was a fun time for all.

  5. I have been wanting to do this for a long time. Are zip ties hard to use? I know it sounds like a dumb question, but I have never used them.

  6. Rebekah,

    Zip ties are easy to use. You just have to slip the tie part through the hole and pull. The only thing is you have to make sure you put it through in the right direction so it'll grip it ~ you'll see when you go to use them. One side has little grippy things and the other doesn't. If you put it through in the wrong direction at first, it won't hold and you just have to switch it around.

    You could also use a rubber band, string, whatever you want to tie the sponges together ~ I just found that the zip ties work pretty well.

  7. Love this! I work with families and love sharing inexpensive fun ideas their parents can do with them. Great idea!!!


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