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Do you have sponges in the cupboard at home? Here are 10 fun sponge crafts and activities for kids – who knew they were useful for anything other than cleaning?!

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sponge crafts and activities for kids

Sponges were never intended as an art or craft material, but they are fun and versatile to use that way.

In the past we’ve used them to make artwork, DIY toys, cards and even gifts. Here are our top 10 sponge crafts and activities for kids…

10 sponge crafts and activities

kaleidoscope printing using sponges

Use a fragment of sponge to create colourful ‘kaleidoscope’ art prints. You can get the shape template and full tutorial here.

sponge cake craft for kids

Make a selection of tempting-looking pretend play sponge cakes, perfect for toy tea parties and simple enough for pre-schoolers to make.

sponge printed flowers

These sponge printed hyacinths are just one of the flower printing designs we’ve made. See the full tutorial and get the assorted flower templates here.

sponge boat craft for kids

These sponge boats with duct tape sails are fun for outdoor or bath time play, and they only take 10 minutes to make!

Sponge printed roses card idea

Make a gorgeous rose card using rolled up sponge cloths. You can also use this technique to make gift wrap or artworks to hang on the wall.

galaxy pots

Make Galaxy pots using a combination of sponge dabbing and toothbrush splatter art – so fun and the finished pots make lovely handmade gifts.

butterfly sponge printing art activity for kids

Butterfly sponge printing is a fabulous way to explore symmetry and super easy to do! Perfect for preschoolers and younger kids.

butterfly craft

You can also create a butterfly fridge magnet or DIY toy using a sponge which has been decorated with sequins and glitter glue.

balloon powered boat

Here is another sponge boat idea for kids – this one runs on balloon power!

wattle art with sponge printed leaves

For this wattle art idea we’ve used sponge printed leaves and created the flowers with Q-tip printing (or cotton buds). Get the full tutorial here.


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