Sponge Pass Game

an easy little game that is great for young children
1 large (dry) sponge

1. Tell the group to lay down on their backs within the play area.
2. They can be arranged in a zig-zag formation, a circle, or a series of random lines with their bodies.
3. Make sure that they are laying down closely enough that one person's feet are nearby the other person's head.
4. Each child must take off their shoes.
5. Place a bucket behind the last person in the line. This is for the sponge to be deposited in.

How to Play

1. Once everyone is lying down, the first person receives a large sponge and puts it between their feet.
2. Rolling backwards (by lifting their feet over their head) the first person has passes the sponge into the feet of the person behind them.
3. The second person will then also roll backwards, feet over head, to pass the sponge to the feet of the next person in line.
4. And so the game continues until the last person in line receives the sponge.
5. The last person now also has to roll backwards, lifting feet over head, to deposit the sponge into the bucket.


1. Use multiple sponges for added fun. Once the first sponge has been passed to the third or fourth person, add the next sponge to the mix beginning with the first person. The second sponge gets passed back as well. So on and so on...
2. Set a specific amount of time, say 3 minutes, and see if the group can get five sponges into the bucket in three minutes.
3. You may also play this as a relay race if you have enough children and sponges for two teams.
4. On a SUPER HOT DAY you can even wet the sponge so water goes everywhere as the kids play!

Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
Either/or (can be played either way)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Number of Players
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
Space Needed
Medium (a clearable open space the size of a 2-car garage)
Team Division
Teamwork! (divide into teams)
All together now! (everyone works together)