Have a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge Bombs {Fun Crafts with Mom}

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Have a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge Bombs

Here in New England we might have had a hard winter but it’s surprisingly hot here already. Yesterday alone was 90 degrees! I love the heat but my kids get cranky if they don’t have a great way to cool off. The boat isn’t yet ready, as parents we don’t want to deal with the waterslide and we don’t have a pool. I’ve seen these fun sponge bombs all over Pinterest and a few weeks ago I picked up some supplies and was pleased with how simple they were to make.

Have a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge Bombs

Supplies Needed:

I looked all over at sponge prices and these 4 pack of Cello Sponges from Amazon were by far the cheapest. I also really liked the fun bright color options. I found it easiest to just take all the sponges out of their packages and dump them right into the bucket.

Have a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge Bombs

Then I began cutting all the sponges at once. I cut them in half and then half again. I got 4 pieces out of every sponge.

Have a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge Bombs

Then I had Gavin grab 6 pieces at once and wrap a rubber band around them 3x. This was difficult for him at first since he really never uses them but once he got it he breezed through them.

Have a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge Bombs

He only did 2x on a few and those ones started to fall apart while they played so I definitely recommend wrapping them 3x if you can.

Have a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge Bombs

Once you are done you can put them all back in the bucket and fill it with water.

Have a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge Bombs

You don’t need to completely fill it as they will float to the top but I wanted the kids to be able to push them under and really make sure they got wet.

WATER WAR RULES

  • No throwing Sponge Bombs at faces
  • Only 2 Sponge Bombs in your hands at one time
  • Can’t throw Sponge Bombs unless you are 10 feet from the bucket
  • Allowed at bucket no longer than 1 minute
  • No Getting Mom & Dad (sorry, kids)

Since my kids are pretty competitive I had to make sure there were rules. Otherwise one kid hangs out by the bucket and the other ends up with sponges in the face. This allows everyone to be able to have a fair chance. You can’t hang out at the bucket all day and you can’t hog all the Sponge Bombs

Have a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge BombsHave a Summer Water War with these DIY Sponge Bombs

My little guy wasn’t a fan of the water wars game since my other boys are so much bigger but he LOVES playing in the bucket still. It’s a great sensory box for toddlers and preschoolers.

Summer Sensory Water Sponge Sensory Bucket for Toddlers & Preschoolers

They love still being able cool off and playing with the sponges. I think Sawyer squeezed the Sponge Bombs over a 100x and it never gets old. I can’t wait to explore more with these water sensory boxes!

Summer Sensory Water Sponge Sensory Bucket for Toddlers & Preschoolers

These sponges won’t be a one time use either! If you take care of them you’ll actually get many uses out of them. Just make sure to properly dry them after every use. We squeeze them all out and place them on our hammock spaced out to air dry in the sun when we are done. We also make sure all the sponge pieces are good and fix any that need it. Some might need that third wrap if you only did two. Then put them in a safe spot until next time.

Summer Sensory Water Sponge Sensory Bucket for Toddlers & Preschoolers

How do you stay cool in the summer without a pool? Do you have fun easy way to cool off? For more fun craft ideas make sure to follow our Fun Crafts with Mom Pinterest Board!

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About Jennifer

Jennifer, the mom behind the Mom Spotted blog, is located in Western Massachusetts. She has three boys, Johnny (15), Gavin (9), & Sawyer (3). She is married to her high school sweetheart. On Mom Spotted you'll find a fun selection of recipes, family fun, product reviews, and more! You can also find her on twitter @MomSpotted and Facebook.



Comments

  1. Jennifer DaMomme says:

    Thank you do much for sharing. This looks like it’s going to be a big hit here for summer.

  2. Emilie says:

    Love this idea! What a great way to cool off in the summer.

  3. Katy says:

    I always love your activity posts and this one is no different! I love the idea of having a kid help put the rubber bands on, and I think it’s something my toddler would love to play with when it’s warm out. She loves squeezing sponges. Great rules, too! I wouldn’t have thought about not allowing anyone to hang at the bucket too long. 🙂

  4. vickie Couturier says:

    i have 8 grandsons and 5 grandaughters what fun would they have with this,,very cute way to have fun and cool off too

  5. Rosiie says:

    What a fun way to cool off, easy and very inexpensive, as you can find sponges on sale all the time! It makes me want to be 8 years old again! What is great is you don’t have to be running the water for a long time, like you do when kids are running under the sprinkler.

  6. Julie Wood says:

    This is so much fun to make and play with this Summer. My niece and nephew would love to make these Fun Sponge bombs, and the colors are very vibrant! Thanks for the fun idea!

  7. Sarah L says:

    That’s a wonderful and clever craft. So much fun in the heat (with RULES!)

  8. Janet W. says:

    What a fun idea and easy to make! My grandsons would love playing with these!

  9. Natalie Brown says:

    I really like this super fun idea! So easy & inexpensive too. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  10. Kimberly M. says:

    Oh my gosh I am so glad I found this page. My grandsons will have a ball with this this summer. I am going to the Dollar store tomorrow so I will pick up supplies to make these. We will be having lots of battles. I’m sure there will be tears once in a while but there will be more laughs than tears. (usually the tears flow when it’s nap time)

  11. G K says:

    What a cheap and fun idea! We’re going to have to try these. I bet our dogs would love it too!

  12. This is a fun summer project!

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