We ADORE glow in the dark activities in our house, especially at Halloween time! There is something about the “magic” glow that seems to calm my boys and they seem to suddenly play quietly as they seem so in awe of it all, so I find it is a good activity to do after dinnertime if they get time before bedtime. It can be quite calming and is obviously an activity that is best done at night-time when it is dark!
Tonic water contains quinine which has a fluorescing reaction underneath a black light, personally I recommend using a tube black light for the best and brightest glow, but we just used a lamp we had with a black light globe that you can get from supermarkets or hardware stores.
You will need:
A black light globe or tube black light.
Thin vermicelli rice noodles (as many or as little as you like).
Tonic water (enough to cover all of your vermicelli noodles to soak in).
A bowl to soak your noodles in.
Some plastic toy spiders.
A black surface for the children to play with the noodles on looks the most effective (we used our black bench top and also a back tablecloth the next time we used them).
How to make them:
Fill a container/dish with enough tonic water to cover your thin rice noodles. Let them soak for several minutes until they are hydrated and move loosely (about 15 minutes).
Drain them or blot them dry on a paper towel and they are ready.
Put the noodles on your black surface with some plastic spiders and have some glow-in-the-dark, sensory fun!