Water toys for the swimming pool or bathtub can be quite expensive, but the cost is not always an indication of quality. Some end up becoming blackened by mold or faded by the sun, while others fall apart after just a few hours of play. You can easily make sponge balls for the tub or backyard pool. They are colorful and durable, and they cost a lot less than similar store-bought items. Kids can even get in on the fun and create absorbent toys for parties, family games and more. Since these homemade items are made from synthetic cleaning sponges, they will not fade or fall apart.
To make a sponge ball for the swimming pool or bathtub you will need three brand new colorful kitchen sponges, a ruler, a fine-tip black marker, scissors and sturdy twine or dental floss. Be sure to buy basic sponges that do not include scrubber pads. They cost around $1.00 for a package of two or three at discount dollar stores.
Begin by measuring and marking three sponges to create nine even strips. Crisscross the strips over a piece of twine or floss. Tie the string securely, and make a double knot. As the string is tightened, a spiked ball like the one in the photo will magically form. It will soak up an amazing amount of water, and it can be used as a water bomb both in and out of the pool. Alternately, it can be used as a bath toy or as a soft and colorful bath pouf.
Gift and Game Ideas
Homemade sponge balls make wonderful gifts for those with a pool. Make three or four colorful water toys, and include them in a gift basket along with goggles, sunblock and other fun and relevant items. The basket would make a fantastic thank-you gift for a pool party host.
Sponge balls are good for more than just tossing back and forth and bombing others with water. Consider using them in a fun and exciting game of skill. Place a small inflatable ring at one end of the pool, and take turns trying to toss a set of sponge balls into the center. Set up rings at both ends, and form teams of two or more players. Whoever makes it into the center the most wins the game.
Consider buying the appropriate type of sponges in bulk. After making one of these toys, you will want to make many more. The color combinations are as endless as the games and activities that you can dream up both in and out of the pool.
Source: Advanced Crafting Education and Experience