With as hot as the weather has been lately, I wanted to find a way for G and his toddler friends to be able to have water fights in the back yard. Water balloons are the classic choice of course, but 2 year olds are known for neither their throwing accuracy nor their coordination, so I figured rather than winding up with a dozen dropped water balloons, I’d go for something reusable.
Enter these guys:
These sponge balls are all over Pinterest…and for good reason. This is possibly the easiest craft I’ve ever done. I grabbed a couple packages of multi-colored sponges, cut each sponge into 3 long strips and zip tied bunches of 7 together. You don’t really have to do anything to get them to form the ball shape, the tightening of the zip tie does it for you.
The kids loved these. They played with them for at least an hour and G has spent a couple afternoons playing with them on his own too. They’re soft enough that you don’t have to worry about anybody getting hurt when they’re thrown…they dump a satisfying amount of water when you squeeze them, and they make a fabulous squelching noise when you drop them.
I absolutely would recommend making a few of these up just to keep around. They’re a lot of fun, and, when you’re done, you don’t have to worry about little bits of broken balloon getting caught in your lawn mower!