Beat the Heat with This DIY Water Toy

Andrea Tomkins shares a great homemade water toy that you can make for just a dollar


Would you spend a dollar to ensure several hours of amusement for your children? I thought so.

We’ve been suffering a bit of a heat wave here in Ottawa so we were highly motivated to make something outdoors that had a high cool-off factor. These sponge balls totally did the trick.

What you’ll need:

  • A package of six ordinary kitchen sponges (We bought ours at the dollar store, and it was the best dollar I ever spent. EVER.)
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen string or an elastic


  1. Cut each sponge in half lengthwise. You’ll end up with 12 long rectangular pieces.
  2. Collect them in groups of four.
  3. Using the kitchen string, tie them in the middle. As you pull the knot tighter, the ends of the sponge pieces will open outward, creating a sphere-like shape.
  4. Snip off the extra string and tuck in the ends. You can also leave one long piece of string and tie a loop at the end of it, which makes it great for dipping in the water and whirling around your head, lasso-style. Yahoo!

If you started with six sponges you will end up with three balls. They hold a surprising amount of water, and are perfect for juggling, throwing (they are easy to catch, too) and other hot-weather tomfoolery. We had access to a swimming pool the day we made these so they became a pool toy that the kids played with all afternoon, but they’d be just as fun with a couple of buckets and a sprinkler.


Looking for more ways to beat the heat? Try these yummy Homemade Watermelon Ice Pops. Have fun, and stay cool!


Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. She’s a freelance writer who is often found with camera in hand or scribbling madly in her notebook. She is passionate about arts and culture, travel and healthy living, and gets an extra big thrill out of helping parents and kids discover all the hidden treasures Ottawa has to offer. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999.

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