Summer in Southern Ontario, Canada means hot days of 30 degrees Celsius plus humidity! One of the easiest ways to cool off with a little one is to head outside with some sponges and a bucket (or two) of cool water. Today’s post lists loads of ideas for Summer fun with a sponge!
Simple Sponge Play
With toddlers and preschoolers, it needn’t be any more complicated than a couple of large sponges (we used car sponges), and a bucket of water. Onetime (my 2.5 year old son) had so much fun just dunking and squeezing water out of the bucket.
I had lots of different sized sponges too – left over from our Sponge Pirate Ship project. Onetime spent some time investigating how much water the different sponges held.
- Bring out 2 buckets for transferring water back and forth
- Create a Sponge Bomb like these from 2 Big, 2 Little
* Paint outdoors with sponge “Splat Balls!” from Paging Fun Mums
* Play “Drip, Drip, Drop” an outside water version of “Duck, Duck, Goose” with a group of friends. Everyone sits in a circle and one child walks around the circle while holding a wet sponge. As they go around, they let the sponge drip on everyone while saying, “drip, drip, drip, drip…” until they choose someone to “DROP!” on.
They squeeze out the entire sponge over that child’s head. Then the 2 kids race in opposite directions around the circle to get back to the empty spot. Whoever is left standing, picks up the sponge and repeats! This was always a big favourite at summer camp when I was a kid!
- Have a Sponge Water Relay like this one from I Can Teach My Child
- Make a Sponge Ship to use in the kiddie pool or neighbourhood pond!
- Play “Pass the Sponge” with a group of kids. Have all the kids line up and lay down on their backs with their feet in the air. Put a wet sponge between the first child’s feet and show them how to pass the sponge to the next child using only their feet. Kids continue to pass the sponge along the line using their feet only – and they get REALLY WET doing it!
Hope you’ve found some inspiration here for fun Summer SPONGE play!
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