Summer Snowballs

Where the heck did winter go?  I must have blinked and missed it.  Here we are- the beginning of April and I already find myself looking for ways to beat the heat.

Since my girls didn’t get much of a winter, and we haven’t had snow in our neck of the woods since ’88, I decided to make my girls their very own snowball- Florida style.

Here’s all you’ll need:

  • Sponges (3 per snowball)
  • String (or fishing line)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pen

When buying your sponges be sure to pick up ones that don’t have an abrasive scrubbing side.  I picked up a couple packs from the grocery store but you can probably find them even cheaper at a dollar store.  Look for ones similar to these.  Pick pretty colors that your kids will enjoy.  And remember- it takes three sponges to make one snowball! 

 

 

Step 1:  Divide a sponge into 6 equal rods by drawing 5 lines roughly 1/2 inch apart across the width of the sponge.

 

 

 

Step 2:  Cut the sponge along the lines.  (Or, if you’re like me, you can first crash your mother’s house, invade her quilt/craft room, and freak her out when you tell her you need her scissors to cut sponges…. Then she’ll spend the next ten minutes lecturing you on the importance of having separate designated scissors for fabric, paper, and crafting.)

 

 

Step 3:  After cutting strips from three separate sponges place them back together, lying one on top of another.

FYI- In hindsight, I would have mixed the individual strips up more randomly than the way I sandwiched them in this picture.

 

Step 4:  Wrap a piece of string around the width of the sponge and pull tightly.  Make a few knots to secure it together.

 

 

 

 

 

Step 5:  Cut off any extra string and fluff up your snowballs.  Then toss them along with your kids into the pool and watch the fun fly.  (If the pool is too cold for your taste have the kiddos sucker Grandpa into going in with them!)  😉

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7 Responses to Summer Snowballs

  1. Jenny says:

    Very cool!

    I thought of another enclosed pool question. Do people ever keep pet birds in their backyard? It seems like a screened in backyard would be like a giant atrium.

    • Kristen says:

      Hmmmm. I don’t think I know of anyone that does. I suppose it would be possible. On another note- I was speaking to my father and told him how funny it was that something as common place as screened-in-pools here could be seen as a novelty up north. He had a good point- one bad snowstorm would knock the whole screen down. Those enclosures couldn’t stand the weight of ice and snow built up on it.

  2. SusanC says:

    Cute! I liked the warning about not getting the ones with the abrasive side – that is my kind of mistake.

  3. that’s really cool, I have those on my list to make this summer! Looks like your kids had a great time!

  4. What a fun idea! I’m visiting from Weekly Kids’ Co-op. Thanks for sharing!

  5. That is such a cute idea. They look like a lot of fun, especially in the pool!

  6. Michelle says:

    How Fun and easy! 🙂 Michelle

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