Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pool Play - Easiest Project EVER

Yesterday felt like our first "official" day of summer.  We were all home together and had nothing on the agenda except hanging out in the yard so it seemed like the perfect time to try out a project that I've had on my to-try-list for EVER!



Here's all I used... 


- 5 packages of sponges ($1.69/each at Target)
- Hair ties

I cut the sponges into fourths lengthwise...



... the boys put them into groups of 12...


... I wrapped the hair ties around the middle (three times to keep it tight)...


 ... and then the boys "fluffed" them.  DONE!  The 20 sponges made 7 "sponge bombs"... 5 with 12 strips and 2 with 10 each (total of 80 strips).  


We immediately took them out for a spin and they were a HIT!






 They hold a ton of water, don't hurt when you get hit with them (I know from experience! hahaha)  and float. 


Throughout the day the kids launched them at each other, threw them against the fence to make patterns and tried to throw them into a basket on the side of the pool while floating on the back of the turtle inflatable :)




These would be a fun "first day of summer surprise" and you could have a water fight in the driveway, would be a fun addition to a hot summer playdate and would actually be great for the tub too!



 So easy and seriously so much fun!  The whole project cost around $9 and is a craft even "non-crafty" people will love :)

Happy Summer, friends!

38 comments :

  1. Of course you're crafting on your first day of summer. I would have been on a pool float and you're whipping something up out of sponges! Good job, Mama!!

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  2. When you said even "non crafty" people could do this...you were talking to me, right?! Because I actually think I might be able to! Ha! Those are super clever!!

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    1. For sure! I am not even a little bit crafty, and I made these a few years ago. My kids LOVED them! (My oldest is allergic to latex, so balloons are out. These were a great substitute!)

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    2. Pretty much :) YOU CAN DO IT!!! hahaha

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  3. So fun! I made these last summer and we played a game with them. I would much rather prefer we had a pool to play with them in though!! :)

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    1. What game did y'all do?? I'd love to know!

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    2. We drew circles in the driveway and had point values for the different circles. Played catch with them. Tic tac toe on the driveway. Tried to catch them in a bucket. Can't wait to try in the pool this year. ( just finished putting one in)

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    3. We drew circles in the driveway and had point values for the different circles. Played catch with them. Tic tac toe on the driveway. Tried to catch them in a bucket. Can't wait to try in the pool this year. ( just finished putting one in)

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  4. Oh, these are so fun! What a great idea, Andrea!

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    1. Thanks, girl! I can hardly take credit for the idea - but they're so much fun!

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  5. So fun! We dont have a pool, so Florida summers are HOT HOT HOT! I'm going to do this as an alternative to water balloons (without having to pick up all the little balloon pieces).

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    1. YES!!! And without having to spend $10 for the easy-fill ones every time you want to throw them!

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  6. Love this! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. How neat! You are such a fun mom!

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  8. How fun! I think that may be our weekend project.

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  9. I love it! I will definitely be making these for my grandchildren when they come to swim in our pool this summer! Thanks, Andrea!

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  10. You're such a fun mom! You can tell in the pictures that the kiddos love these! :)

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    1. It's funny because out of all the pool toys I've bought these are probably they're favorite :)

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  11. Girlfriend!! You kill me with your craftiness!! My poor kiddos 😂. You rock, mama!

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  12. These look so fun! I'm going to make some for our vacation!

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  13. Oh my boys (and all their friends) will LOVE this!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    That Inspired Chick

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    1. They hold a TON of water and so even if you miss your target they make quite the splash :)

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  14. Love this! We will definitely be making these and enjoying them all summer long! I love the crafts you do with your kids and can't wait to see all you do over the summer!

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  15. This is such a good idea. I bet my little guy would love them in the bath too.

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    1. Thanks, Christy! They'd be perfect for bath time!

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  16. Very cute project!! I think I'll surprise the nieces and nephews with these as a fun "Schools Out" gift...we still have 17 more school days to go!!

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