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Wet Water Sponge Toys

These water sponge toys soak up tons of water and pack a wet watery punch when thrown. They are easy to make and fun for the kids to throw. Here is how to make Wet Water Sponges.

Wet Water Sponge Toys

Buy new kitchen sponges from any grocery store. They usually come in packs of 6 in all colors. Do Not buy the kind with the scouring pad, only the soft cello sponges pictured here. They have smaller 3×5 and larger 5×7. I like the smaller, they are easier to tie together and better for little fingers to hold. But you could make a large one that would get someone really wet. Also buy “zip ties”, sold at a hardware store. I bought two kinds not knowing that one had a hook at the top, but it turned out good for the butterfly below.

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Cut each sponge length-wise in thirds. Then group together 8-9 cut pieces for each sponge. You can do a few more, or you can even do less. You can mix and match colors of the sponges, all blue, all pink, pink all around and one green for the center. We did ones with just 2 strips that worked great for the littlest kids, and they looked like cute little butterflies – fun for a birthday water party.


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Now center a zip tie around all the sponges and pull the tie through the hole. Pull the zip tie tight, as much as you can until it won’t go anymore. Then cut off the excess zip tie. Fluff up the sponge strips to make a nice looking water toy.


You’re done. Dip each sponge in a bucket and get each other wet. You can play with them in the pool or even in the bathtub.


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Have fun making water sponges. It’s hot this summer and these will help keep you cool.


  1. I’ve made theae and they are great! We got some of those store splash balls and they would go flat and be useless after the first play. These on the other hand are wonderful. We take them with us on all our trips to play in the hotel pool. They dry fast and pack easily.

  2. Just made these and used rubber bands instead since we didn’t have any ties. They worked just as well. Thanks it was a huge hit here!

  3. Fantastic idea – I have never seen anything like that and would never have even imagined anything like that. Nice!

  4. What a wonderful idea! I think we will make these this summer with my 14 year old son. They should be a load of fun when it’s hot! They almost look like they could be used as a subsitute badminton birdie too!

    I would love to link a post about these to your blog and tutorial if you don’t mind.


  5. Just foud your site…love your ideas!!!! I just started a blog to get all my thoughts together for summer ideas for my kiddos…definatly gonna bookmark this one…do you mind if I link your site from my blog?

  6. I saw this idea on a pbs special but they used differerent sponges. I’m glad to see that this type of sponge works because I have oodles! Thanks!

  7. Ohh thanks! I was looking for something water realated for my daughters pool party to make. These look like fun and easy to make.

  8. What a fabulous blogful of great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing! I’ll pick up some sponges this afternoon! Have a great weekend!


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