At one point, I was completely addicted to Glow in the Dark Activities with my boys, and they were totally addicted too! We bought a black light globe and it generated so many ideas I could hardly contain myself! I started buying everything in bright, neon colours that would fluoresce under our light, everything from fluorescent pencils, drinking straws, highlighters, toys, pipe cleaners, EVERYTHING! I got a tad enthusiastic about it!!
Luckily, not only was I excited about everything that glowed, the boys really loved Glow in the Dark activities too! Ever gone to a lot of effort for something and then no one is even in to it? I have…many times…. Well thankfully, this was one type of play that we were all as equally excited about as each other! My boys loved to play with stones and rocks and little diggers and dump trucks, and as I was in my crazy “Everything must GLOW!” stage of life, my mind straight away started thinking of a way to make glow in the dark stones to combine with their interests at the time that we could play with underneath our black light.
So I found out a way to make glow water, which is to buy some yellow highlighters, (other fluorescent highlighter colours work too, but the yellow is definitely the best one for SUPER glowing fun!) I just bought cheap ones, then break open the highlighter by just squeezing the end with a pair of scissors and then the back should pop off, (If you have a hard time getting them open just soak the whole highlighter in water, tip down, it will take a little while longer but will work just as well.). Once you have broken them open, remove the ink pad inside. Soak the ink pad in water for about an hour or until it loses it’s colour. There really is no exact recipe of how much water to use, it depends on how “glowy” you want the water to be, but you can dilute this quite a bit and it will still glow, it actually goes quite far, but again how much water you add depends on the strength of the glow that you are after. I used one highlighter to approximately 2 litres of water.
Then I got out some white stones, not shiny ones, but matte, powdery stones that my glow water would adhere to, and then I mixed the glow water all together until each stone looked covered in the paint, it would probably be a good idea to do this underneath the blue light globe so that you can see how well they are covered. Then once they are covered, gently place them on some baking paper out in the sun to dry, turning them once one side is completely dry to dry the other side.
This is how they turned out!
In hindsight, when dry, I wish I had then spray painted them with a lacquer or varnish so that the paint would not come off as ours tended to brush off on our skin on our hands as we played with them and then they would last better too.
Once they were dry, I put them in a tray with some mini diggers and dump trucks and we played with them in a dark room under our black light!
I found this activity was not only fantastic for their imaginative play, but their fine motor skills picking up the little stones and in terms of sensory play they were just blown away by it! They also tended to play very quietly, maybe because it was dark or maybe because they were just so in to this and it felt so magical, but either way it helped them play happily, quietly and beautifully – and we all loved it!