Small children – from toddler to preschooler to primary-school age (and, we suspect, beyond!) – love water play. As soon as the weather’s half-way warm enough, they’ll happily spend hours pouring water from 1 bucket to another, washing dolls or splashing in a paddling pool.
And water-play-based games, like this Water Splat one, are a sure-fit hit, too – all the more so because you and your child can have fun making the ‘splat bundles’ you need to play the game from simple items you have round the house.
MFM crafter mum Abi Walker created this craft-and-play activity with her daughter Maisie, 2 – and has shared some great step-by-step how-to pictures with us. She says she and Maisie had the best time making the sponge ‘splat’ bundles, soaking them in water and then sploshing them on their patio (and on each other):
Here’s how to make and play the Water Splat game
You Will Need
- Cellulose sponges (washing-up sponges) (4)
- Elastic bands or hairbands (8)
Cut your sponges into width-wide strips.
Cut each strip in half to make little stumpy finger-sized pieces.
Bunch 8 pieces of sponge together in 2 layers of 4 pieces.
Use an elastic band or hair elastics to secure your bunch of 8 pieces together.
Repeat with the other pieces of sponge until you have used up all your pieces, and have about 10 ‘splat bunches’.
Splay out the ends of every bunch and then soak all the bunches in water. When they’ve soaked up the water, you can throw them with a big, satisfying splat on the ground or even have a little water fight. Have fun!