As both a teacher and a mother, I have learned that some of the most exciting and engaging science experiments for kids involve anything glow-in-the-dark. As I’m now preparing to head back to my classroom for a new school year, I’ve been looking up fun glow-in-the-dark crafts to help capture my students’ attention. Here are some shining glow-on-the-dark crafts for kids.
One of my favorite units of the school year is outer space! Not only are the lessons interesting and exciting, but the related activities we do are often some of the most liked by students. This glow-in-the-dark constellation jar looks like a lot of fun to help teach about different constellations.
If you just want a fun art activity, try creating something brightly unique with glow glue. What could you and your child make to look at before falling asleep each night?
Here’s a creative way to learn about different states of matter while having fun at the same time. Use glow sticks to make fluorescent ice cubes. Put the ice in a bowl with oil and as the ice melts, the water will appear as little floating beads in the oil. Such an easy way to talk about not only the process of solids changing to liquids but also how some states of matter don’t mix together. Get more experiment details here.
Pass some time being fashion designers for an afternoon. Use blank t-shirts and glow-in-the-dark iron on vinyl to create custom shapes and designs. It would be fun to see what your aspiring Miss Chanel would come up with! Learn more here.
I still remember when Silly Putty was all the rage at my elementary school. Share your similar childhood memories as you make glow-in-the-dark slime together with your kids. This is another easy project for teaching about chemical reactions when different items are mixed together. What happens if you use more or less of an ingredient than the directions say…? Get the recipe here.
A Side Of Rice
Why do you blow bubbles or fly a kite? Just to have FUN! Sometimes you need to do things for no other reason than just to have some good old fashioned fun. Add playing with glow-in-the-dark rice to your list of fun filled activities.
Is making paper snowflakes a favorite holiday activity in your home? Try making glow-in-the-dark window clings this year too! Learn how here.
Spend the last few weeks of your summer evenings outside playing glow-in-the-dark night games. Can you toss a bean bag through all of the holes? DIY instructions found at The Country Chic Cottage.
Bouncy balls are always fun. Making your own bouncy balls is even better! Making your own glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls… now that’s the brightest idea of all! Learn how to make these bouncing orbs of fun here from Growing A Jeweled Rose.