Super Simple Sponge Balls for Fun Water Play

Picture of final sponge ball being thrown into pool.
My toddler happily throwing the sponge ball into our inflatable pool (and chasing them around the edges for 15 minutes).

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You can use any sponges that you have in the house.

What you need:

  • Things to buyschedule a reminder 1 week before you want to do this activity
    • Sponges – I like this colorful pack, but you can use any sponges that you want or something that is already in the house. We will use 4 sponges to make 4 balls.
    • Rubber bands – I like this small size because it is just enough to wrap them tightly without a lot of extra. You only need 4 – 8 rubber bands to make 4 balls.

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Ideal Age Range:

To help you make these, the ideal age is 5+ (they need the dexterity to wrap the rubber band or cut the sponges). Any age can play with these!

Mess Factor:

Low. The only mess you will have is water from all of the fun!

Prep Time:

5 minutes to make four of them.


How to Prep:

1 week before you want to do this, set yourself a calendar or task reminder to purchase any supplies you don’t have from the list above.

If your older child is going to help make these, either ask them to be on cutting duty or rubber band duty (based on what it is easier for them to do). If you want to make these yourself it is quick and easy – you can make four of these for pool time and still drink your coffee before nap time is over.

Step 1 – cut each sponge into four pieces.

  1. Use good craft scissors to cut 4 sponges into 4 pieces.
    • Cut the sponges on the long side.

Step 2 – gather 4 pieces and 1 rubber band

  1. Use 4 pieces of sponge strips and 1 rubber band to make your first ball.
    • Since I was using multi-color sponges, I picked 1 of each color, but you can do whatever it easier for you.

  1. Cross one strip of sponge over another. Use the remaining 2 strips to make an X shape on top of that.
  2. Wrap a rubber band tightly around the center of all 4 strips of sponge.

Active Instructions:

No active participation needed from you! Bring these outside to the pool, use in the water table, or just fill a bucket with water and let the kids throw them at each other. (Before daycare closed, I used to make a batch of these in the summer and bring them in for the kids to play with.)


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