Sponge Ball Craft and Relay Race

We are always looking for ways to cool off during these hot and steamy summer months in Houston. We actually put this craft and activity to the test with out own kiddos and thought we would share it with all of you. It was fun easy and kept the kiddos entertained for hours!

Sponge Ball and Relay Race

Materials Needed

  • Three regular kitchen sponges. Multi-colored ones are recommended.
  • A Pen
  • A Ruler
  • A Pair of Scissors
  • String, preferably strong and neutral color

Step 1
With a pen and a ruler, make five lines lengthwise on a sponge, each 1/2 inch apart.

Step 2
Use scissors to cut the sponge, using the lines as a guide, into six rods. Repeat with the other two sponges.

Step 3
Lay strips on top of each other in three layers, five to six to a layer. Cinch them across the middle with a piece of string; knot it tightly. Fluff pieces out into a ball.

Relay Races

Once your sponge balls are completed, you are now ready to partake in the relay races! Take all of your sponges to a field and split the kids up into two teams. Find four buckets and fill two of them full of water. Place them at one end of the field.  Put two other empty buckets at the other end of the field. Mark the empty buckets with a line where the water level needs to be filled. Have all the kids line up behind the bucket filled with water. At “GO” have the first kid in each line fill up their sponge with water, carry it over their head to the empty bucket across the field. Once they get to the empty bucket, have them squeeze all the water from their sponge into the bucket and then run back and tag the next kid in line. The team who fills the empty bucket up to the line first wins.

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