Soak up the fun with this water-based version of the old classic! It doesn’t matter how old you are to join in the fun of this simple outdoor activity idea; although you might want to pick a sunny day for it. This water-based version of hide and seek will not only help you stay cool in the sun, it’s bags of fun, too.
Sponges (tip – buy 3 packs of assorted coloured flat kitchen sponges)
1 bucket of water
Eco friendly – unlike water bomb balloons, sponges are reusable, and don’t pop on first use!
Make your sponge bombs
Cut your sponges into long strips (approx 4 strips per sponge)
Lay four strips side by side and lay another four strips on-top of them
Slip a piece of strip under the bottom layer of strips and tie all the sponge strips tightly together at the centre.
Cut off the excess string.
You have now made a sponge bomb.
Repeat until all your sponges have been used.
How to play
- Fill a bucket with water and place it in the centre of your ‘game play’ area. This will be your ‘safe’ area, that all player can access.
- Give each player three wet sponges, and leave up to 5 sponges in the bucket for the seeker.
- Players must take their sponges and hide whilst the seeker closes their eyes and counts to 20 before starting to seek.
- When the seeker finds a player, they must tag them by throwing the wet sponge. The player can try to avoid being tagged by running to the safe area and throwing their sponges into the bucket.
- Once tagged, a player can join the seeker in trying to find the remaining players.
Outdoor activities for toddlers