DIY Splash Balls

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DIY Splash BallsWith it being SO crazy hot in most of the country right now, (seriously, I can’t believe that it’s been hotter in many places than it has been here in Phoenix!) water play is almost a MUST if you’re going to be outside. And, these DIY splash balls are perfect for playing in the water! They’re inexpensive, easy to make, and PERFECT for summer play! Water Splash BallsWe actually learned about this fun little craft at Chick-fil-A a few weeks ago during one of their themed family nights! ! knew they would be perfect for our summer fun playdate, so I headed off to get supplies. I was SO pleased to find all of the supplies I needed at Dollar Tree–this one is not only super easy, but super inexpensive–a true dollar store craft! 🙂

DIY Splash Balls

Here’s what you need:


Sponges, zip ties, and scissors! That’s it! I found 10 packs of colored synthetic sponges and 2 packs of colored cellulose sponges, so decided to do a mix. Then, there were packages of colored zip ties that almost perfectly matched the synthetic sponges. Perfect! The amount I got was enough to do at least 8 balls (making them less than $1/ball)

To make:
1. Cut sponges into approx. 1″ strips (you will have A LOT of strips)
2. Set up an area to do the craft & let the kids pick out 9 strips (in this case, 3 cellulose and 6 other the other) and line them up. IMG_71903. Gather up all the sponge strips and place a zip tie in the center. Pull tie as tight as it will go, then cut off the excess. IMG_7264
That’s it! Super easy & then the kiddos can have tons of fun splashing around a toy that they made! Love it! DIY Splash Balls Kid's Craft
They were so eager to go try them out and had so much fun learning how the balls worked by soaking up water! There’s a good science lesson to be had there too! 🙂 Kids' Water Play Activities
What are YOUR favorite water play crafts/activities?
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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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