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DIY Sponge Balls and Lemon Squirters

DIY Sponge Balls and Lemon Squirters: easy ideas for kids DIY water toys and full tutorial to make your own sponge balls.
DIY Sponge Balls and Lemon Squirters: as an activity for a kids lemonade themed birthday party we played with DIY Sponge Balls and Lemon Squirters.

These DIY Sponge Balls are easy and inexpensive to make.  The lemon squirts make really fun DIY water toys for kids.  Get ready for a fun backyard water play day.

We hosted a lemonade themed birthday party, that I shared all the decor and food for here. Today I want to share a couple cute ideas for the activities.  The kids enjoyed some water play in the backyard with our DIY Sponge Balls and Lemon Squirters, as well as a kids pool and slip and slide.

DIY Sponge Balls


  • sponges
  • hair ties
  • scissors

To make the sponge balls you’ll need sponges from the dollar store, some hair elastics, and scissors.

DIY Sponge Balls

How To Make A Sponge Ball

1. To make them, begin by snipping the sponges almost to the middle on both sides, into 8 squares on each side.

how to make a sponge ball

I used one pink sponge and one yellow, but you could make these any colour you like.

2. Once they’re all snipped, stack them and hold them together with a hair elastic.

DIY Sponge Balls

Then, just tighten the elastic until the sponges form a ball shape. That’s it, so easy.

how to make a Sponge Ball

We used our sponges in our little pool, and also to do a water relay with the yellow pails.

DIY kids water toys

We also set up the slip n’ slide, here’s the birthday girl enjoying a slide.

slip and slide

Lemon Spirters

The other fun little DIY water toy that I came up with was to make lemon squirters.

diy kids water toys

I found lemon juice in these little plastic lemon containers at the grocery store. I emptied out the lemon juice, and then we filled them with water to make the cutest lemon squirters!

diy water toys

The girls had a great time enjoying the water, making up relay games, squirting, sliding, and running around the backyard.

With DIY sponge balls and lemon squirters, life really is a party.

If you’re planning your own lemonade themed party, make sure to check out the  Lemonade Party Decor and Food here.

Pink and Yellow Lemonade Party: ideas for DIY lemonade party decorations, a free lemonade printable, and a pink and yellow dessert table.

You might also like our Fairy Gardens for Kids here.

Fairy Gardens For Kids: kids can paint their own fairy houses, choose plants, and create their own fairy garden containers to grow and play with all summer.

Also check out our DIY Felt Chocolate Chip Cookies here.


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