When I was little, I remember being told to splash water on our wrists to keep cool on a hot day. The cold water when applied to the pulse points can help cool the body, and leave you feeling more comfortable. I decided to apply this theory to these easy and fun sponge bracelets for kids, perfect for keeping them cool on a hot day too! Here is how you can make your own sponge bracelets for kids in just minutes and using just three different supplies!
DIY Cooling Sponge Bracelets for Kids
- Colorful sponges
- Thread or floss
- Serrated knife or sharp scissors (I did find the knife to be MUCH easier to use!)
1. Begin by cutting the sponges into strips. You will get about 4 strips out of each sponge. Then, cut the strips into smaller cubed segments. So far, so good, right? The number of cubes you cut will depend on how big of a bracelet you need. My five year old ended up needing 2 sponges worth of cubes.
2. Next, thread your floss through your needle and secure. Begin threading the sponges onto the needle in whatever color pattern you wish. This is actually a fun part for kids to do! Just use some guidance since you will be using a needle.
3. Continue threading on the sponges until the bracelet is the length of your choice. When done, simply cut any extra thread away. Tie the ends of the threads together to create a bracelet shape.
Now comes the fun part. To use your sponge bracelet, dip it in cool water or run it under the faucet for a few seconds. Slip it onto your child’s wrist. If you wish, you can wait to tie the ends until your child is ready to wear it, then simply tie it on.
The cold sponges will fall right on the child’s pulse points, keeping them cool and comfortable while they play. Should it need to be freshened up, just dip it in cool water again. As you can imagine, these can be used over and over, all summer long!
You only need a few supplies to make your own sponge bracelets. Why not give them a try? They are not only fun to craft, but a great way to keep the hot summer sun from getting the best of you.