Monday, February 9, 2009

Wet Water Sponge Toys

I swiped this tutorial off the inter-net I thought it would be fun for all my bloggie friends with wee ones :) This would even be fun at an adult pool party. A very nice way to have fun and cool off in the summer months :)

These water sponges soak up tons of water and pack a wet watery punch when thrown. They are easy to make and fun for the kids to throw. Here is how to make Wet Water Sponges.
Buy new kitchen sponges from any grocery store. They usually come in packs of 6 in all colors. Do Not buy the kind with the scouring pad, only the soft cello sponges pictured here. They have smaller 3×5 and larger 5×7. I like the smaller, they are easier to tie together and better for little fingers to hold. But you could make a large one that would get someone really wet. Also buy “zip ties”, sold at a hardware store. I bought two kinds not knowing that one had a hook at the top, but it turned out good for the butterfly below.

Cut each sponge length-wise in thirds. Then group together 8-9 cut pieces for each sponge. You can do a few more, or you can even do less. You can mix and match colors of the sponges, all blue, all pink, pink all around and one green for the center. We did ones with just 2 strips that worked great for the littlest kids, and they looked like cute little butterflies - fun for a birthday water party.

Now center a zip tie around all the sponges and pull the tie through the hole. Pull the zip tie tight, as much as you can until it won’t go anymore. Then cut off the excess zip tie. Fluff up the sponge strips to make a nice looking water toy.
You’re done. Dip each sponge in a bucket and get each other wet. You can play with them in the pool or even in the bathtub.

Have fun making water sponges. It’s hot this summer and these will help keep you cool


RavenM said...

These look like fun:) The kids would have fun helping make them too!

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Great fun and colorful idea.
I am doing the crafts weekly at playgroup for the year this year.
Will be adding this one to the ideas sheet...

Val said...

I love these. I need to make my grandaughter something for a Pay it Forward on my blog that she (8 years old) signed up for. This will be great. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

Good ideal! Very simple, but also very fun and bright! I will necessarily do this lovely toys :)