You won’t have to buy an expensive pool game to entertain the kids this summer. A DIY sponge ball is so affordable you can make enough for the whole neighborhood! Turn a few Frisbees upside down, add vinyl numbers for scoring and you’ve got yourself a toss game that’s perfect for hot summer days in the pool.
This is one project the kids can easily do so you’re off the hook. It takes only a few minutes to cut strips, bundle and tie them to form balls for the ultimate cheap craft. Head to the local dollar store for foam sponges in packs of ten! Only four are needed to make each ball and you’ll need one for each Frisbee.
Tossing sponge balls and having to retrieve them is great exercise that wears kids out, and that means a little more ‘R&R’ for you.
- 4 sponges per ball
- rubber bands
- 40 lb fishing line
- vinyl numbers
- First, decide how many sponge balls you’d like to make—plan on 1 for each Frisbee. Get the cheapest ones available. After all, they’re going to be cut up!
- Choose your color or colors then cut each sponge lengthwise into 1/2″ strips using scissors. You should get at least 5 strips out of each one.
- Gather all the strips together, hold them in a bunch with one hand and wrap a rubber band around the middle. Spread the strips even apart to form a ball then cut any stragglers to make the ball even.
- Wrap fishing line close to but not over the rubber band, tie tightly and knot. Carefully cut the rubber band off. Repeat for each ball and set aside.
- Grab your Frisbees, flip upside down then press vinyl numbers firmly into place in the center of each one. Allow the numbers to adhere several hours before getting wet.
- Place the Frisbees in the pool, have the kids dunk their sponges and take turns trying to toss them into the Frisbees. When the winner reaches a mutually-agreed-upon score, the game is over.