Warm days are here at last! Thank goodness! My boys were about ready to throw in the towel and go completely nuts if we had to spend another day inside. But now the question comes, what should we do outside? There’s the swing set, but it gets old, we’ve dug holes in the dirt and thrown sticks for the dog (he never brings the back). I was out of ideas and about a day away from the boys being done with the list above. I needed ideas, but more importantly I need cheap inexpensive ideas. I found one and it turned into an hour or more long activity. The best part is you’ve probably got everything on hand already!
I give you SPONGE DARTS! That would be way cool if the sponges actually looked like darts, but they don’t, they look like your run of the mill rectangle sponges. What you’ll need for this game:
Chalk (I bought a 20 pack at the Dollar Tree)- $1
Sponges (you could buy a 2 pack and cut them in half)- $1
Water & Bucket- Free (I already had the bucket)
So I drew a huge target on a our drive way. It was like crazy hard to do for some reason, maybe if I’d been in a pair jeans instead of a dress I could’ve got on the ground, oh well. I decided to make the center ring 50 points and counted out from 40 down to 10. I did it this way because we’re working on counting by 10’s and throwing a 25 in the mix just wouldn’t fit.
I gave Munchkin the sponges and told him to throw away! He tossed one smack dab in the middle on his first try. That’s when I knew this game wasn’t going to last very long.
He threw the other 3 sponges and said he was done. I was so bummed. I was sure if was going to last longer than the time it took me to draw the target! Then something incredible happened.
Just as I was about to throw in the towel and try to come up with some new idea, I decided to sit back. We bought a water squirter from the dollar store as well. He picked it up, and somewhere in the middle of throwing the sponges he realized the chalk washed off the ground. Well I’ll tell you what, destroying my target was a blast! He was squirting and spraying and stomping. He loved it! It was like mesmerizing for him or something to see the chalk “disappear.”
Then somewhere in the middle of Baby Cakes waking up and need a bucket refill they both decided The Black Pearl (our mini van) was pretty dirty and needed to be cleaned. They were scrubbing and spraying everything.
The moral of my experience today was to just let my boys be little kids and not sweat the rest. The game was a hit for a whole 5 minutes but it got his creative juices flowing, he didn’t care how inexpensive the materials were, he was just happy to have free reign.
This summer I’m going to try and just relax and see what they come up with on their own. I’ll share some more inexpensive ideas in the future, because sometimes they need that little nudge to kick start some fun playtime. It was basically an invitation to play on accident. I love that!
Stay cool, and relax for your own sanity 😀