Summer = hot = water fun. It’s a must really. When temperatures go up the swimsuits go on and water equals fun. My kiddos have birthdays in the colder months so they miss out on fun outdoor party options. We decided who needs a birthday to celebrate? It’s summer. Isn’t that reason enough?! So we gathered a few of our friends and threw a fun afternoon Celebrate Summer party. Did I mention it only cost $20? Oh ya, I guess it’s right there in the title.
Looks fun right?! The key is your friendly Dollar Tree store. No I am not being paid for this. I just think they have awesome summer options for a buck! I gathered a few of each of the following:
- Water Guns 3 pack for $1
- Slingshot with ball $1
- KoolPops 20 pops for $1
- Sponges 2 for $1
- Cable Tie pack $1
- Sidewalk Chalk 20 pieces for $1
Check out the nitty gritty details on my receipt. See, truly $20.
The water guns and slingshots are all ready for water play, but put together the sponges and cable ties and your kiddos are in for a splashy surprise. Sponge bombs are super easy for little ones to wrangle, but also soaking enough for the big kids.
To put the sponge bombs together:
Cut each sponge in three long strips. Hold together nine of the sponge strips and secure the middle together with a cable tie. Tighten the cable tie as far as it will go and snip off the end being sure not to leave a sharp end.
I purchased six sponge packs which made four sponge bombs. Put them by a big bucket of water and you are ready to rock.
We just let the kids play and soak each other for the most part, but after about an hour gave them suggestions like a slingshot contest to see who could fling the furthest. We also have a trampoline so they had fun throwing the sponge bombs at each other on that.
Kids love popsicles and at 20 for a $1 we let them have their fill. We held our party right before dinner time so we did not need to worry about additional snacks. We didn’t want to spoil their dinner.
Once the party was over we sent them each home with a five pack of sidewalk chalk to play with at home this summer.
Overall, it was great fun and cost less than a trip to the pool!