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It was HOT today! We are in the middle of a little heat wave, which usually happens for a couple of weeks in May, and today I was looking for something to cool off the boys. They love to play with the hose, but I don’t love to pay the high water bills that come with that. I remembered seeing sponge bombs all over Pinterest, so I decided to make my own. Five minutes later I had three sponge balls and some happy boys!
Easy Sponge Bombs
- 2 sponges per ball, cut into strips lengthwise
I went to the dollar store and got three 2-packs of O-Cel-O Handy Sponges. (affiliate link) Make sure you get the kind without the scrubby side! I already had twine, so I was good to go! Then I just cut each pair of sponges lengthwise into four strips. Gather up the strips (you should have eight per sponge bomb) and tightly tie them in the middle with twine. Cut off any excess twine and rearrange the strips if you need to so they resemble little pom-poms. Then dunk one in a bucket of water and throw it at the nearest victim! 🙂 I will say, the twine I used broke on one of the sponge balls after an hour, so you may need to use stronger twine or just be prepared to tie them up again after they’ve been soaked one too many times.
I took the boys outside in the front yard to test them out. Bryce isn’t too keen on getting wet unless he’s in his swimming trunks, but he played along for a while. I was roasting after five minutes, so I sent the littles to play in the back yard instead. They had fun throwing the sponges at the dog. Pretty soon the hose was running, more buckets were coming out, and shirts were coming off. They were out there for at least an hour tossing these things around! I’d call that a success.
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Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life says
We’ve made these before and the kids love them! They are a lot of fun to play with and hold up really well. My kids stored these with the other pool toys and played with them for a whole season. Mixing in the brightly colored sponges makes them visually appealing.
Fun – I’m going to share this with my sister! Thanks for hosting!
I think even my big kids would have fun with this! I’m going to try fishing line (since I already have it) and maybe that will hold up better than twine, its waterproof afterall.
Nicole Burkholder says
That’s a great idea! Just be sure to pull it nice and tight. Let me know how it works for you, please 🙂
How Fun & soft too!! :)Michelle
Tana Nicholson says
Oh I love this idea! I’ve got 13 grand kids & they all live within minutes of me! What a great idea to cool them off & get them active! 😀
Debbie @ Deliciously Inspired says
What a fun idea – I think my little grandson would like this.