There is something almost magical about glow sticks. Children love them and they are so much fun to play with. They are also fairly inexpensive, so grab a few packages and go have fun with your children. You will probably find that your children will quickly come up with their own ideas, so I would encourage you to follow their lead and play along. However, if you are looking for some inspiration I ‘vve found five ways for you to have fun with glow sticks.
Five ways to have fun with glow sticks
- Gold Jellybean has a tutorial for making glow jars
- Lil’ Luna gives instructions for glow in the dark Easter Egg Hunt.
- Reading Confetti provides instructions for making glow in the dark fireflies. Don’t stop there, invite your children to make other pictures
- A Little Learning for Two shows you how to make a glow stick ring toss
- All Parenting has a list of outdoor activities for kids at night, including glow bracelet tag. You might adapt this to play hide and glow seek.
If you have children who are interested in things scientific, this is a fun video about luminescence.
Looking for more glow in the dark activities?
A word of caution
Pinterest has a number of pins for activities involving glow sticks that look really impressive. Unfortunately a number of them don’t work very well. Some feature prominently on the famous “Pinterest Fail” or “Nailed It” lists. When I was researching for this post one idea that fell short over and over again was called “fairies in a jar.” Too bad as it looks enchanting. Sadly it seems that this idea doesn’t work as well as the photoshopped picture indicates! If you find something on Pinterest that looks like fun, you might want to test it first, so you don’t end up with disappointed children.
Glow sticks are labeled non-toxic, but be cautious if you are doing something that requires you to break them open. Make sure the children do not get the liquid in their eyes or mouths.
Have you had fun with glow sticks? What activities would you recommend?