Reusable “water balloons”

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After the kids had their swimming lesson today, we stopped off at the dollar store and picked up a few sponges…to make some sponge balls for some water fun. You would use these the same way as water balloons. Great for a water fight on a hot day! All you need is a couple sponges, a pair of scissors and a couple elastic bands.

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We started by using the scissors to cut the sponge in half…

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I did this for two sponges. This part would be a little tough for the kids to do, because it takes a little bit of strength to cut through the sponge, so I did this step…

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Then in each of the four halves, we cut four or five slits into the center, but not quite touching in the middle…

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We did this for all four pieces of sponge…

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Then, all you have to do is tie an elastic band around the center of all four layers. The kids needed a hand with this part. It was a little tricky to wrap the elastic around a few times.

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It took us about half an hour to make five…Now for the fun part!

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You could use a bucket of water to dip them into, to have a sponge toss, or water fight…Or bring them right into the pool if you have one!

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The kids had a great time making them and tossing them around this afternoon! It was a good craft for a hot day.

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