Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Making Sponge Balls
Squeeze all the fun you can get out of summer with these great handmade water toys! Growing up my mom used to make them all the time for us and they were way better than the mono colored water balls other kids got from the store. And, I realize now, cheaper too! So grab a few extra sponges from under the sink or head to the dollar store and pick some up on the cheap for this ultra colorful, creative water toy!
What You Need (Makes 2):
Four colorful sponges
Four rubber bands
What to Do:
1. Start by cutting each sponge into four strips. You can let older kids do this themselves.
2. Next pick 2 strips of each color and arrange them as alternating colors as a bunch in your hands. You can let the kids pick out specific colors for a more personalized sponge ball.
3. Now wrap a rubber band around the bunch, doubling up if needed to keep it tight.
4. Separate out the sponge pieces so they are pointing every which direction. It may help to tie another runner and around the bunch perpendicular to your last rubber band.
5. Follow steps 2 to 4 for you second sponge ball.
6. Now just hand off to the kids and have them dip it into the water to watch it expand. Now is a great time to explain the science behind sponges! Or to just let them go play.
References: Photos by Stephanie Felzenberg. Don’t forget to stop by next Wednesday for a fun project by Whitney Tang and to check out her new venture Nanny Magazine. Take her Nanny Magazine survey for nannies at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BZYJVMB