Coming up to Halloween we are doing a few more Glow In The Dark Activities at our house at the moment, so I thought I would sure them with you too!! So stay tuned for a couple more in the next week!
In our house we have a thing for water beads, we love the texture, the sight, the way they bounce, everything about them! We ESPECIALLY love things that glow too, so we have combined the two for an extra fun sensory experience!!
You will need:
A black light globe in a lamp or black light tube light – which works the most effectively.
Clear water beads.
Firstly, break open the yellow highlighter, you can break them open by simply squeezing the end with a pair of scissors and the back should just pop off. Once broken, remove the ink pad. Soak the ink pad in water for about an hour or until it loses it’s colour. If you really can’t open the highlighter, just soak the whole highlighter in water, tip down. It will take a little while longer but will work just as well eventually. You can dilute this quite a bit and it will still glow, it goes very far, but the less water, the more brighter glow you will have. We filled a decent size tub half way up with water only using one little yellow highlighter, and I’m sure that we could have diluted it more.
Once you have your glow water, you can either just use this for water play in the dark with your black light (obviously keep the light away from the water for safety), but keep it close enough that it will make the water fluoresce. Shine your black light where you will be using your glow water and see the wonderful, magical glow water come alive!
You can also use this glow water to hydrate your clear water beads, you can buy water beads on eBay or at stalls at markets, etc., water beads are basically the little polymer, spherical balls that you hydrate from tiny bead looking balls to become beautiful, squishy water beads that feel delightful and bounce around in such a fun way. They are originally designed as ways to keep your plants hydrated for longer as when they dry out the water goes to your plants and the water beads shrink back to tiny dried up balls, then when you water them again, they hydrate and puff back up again.
They are non – toxic, however I certainly would not recommend that you let your child eat them.
Something else to note, definitely do not wash them down your sink or drain as they can clog your drains, so if you need to throw them away ever, put them around the top of your plants or in a bin.
So what you do to hydrate your water beads and turn them in to glowing water beads, is to basically follow the directions on how much water to use to hydrate your pack/s of water beads and instead of water to hydrate them, just use your glow water, it is as simple as that! It can take up to 8 hours for them to fully hydrate.
Then put your glow water beads in a container (preferably with a black or dark surface underneath) and place this under your black light and let the squishy, soft, bouncy, glowing water bead fun begin!!
My little 2-year-old continuously tried to put these in his mouth, so I had to be right there with him and very vigilant not to let him put them near or in his mouth, but my 4 and 7 year olds wouldn’t even think about eating them so they were completely fine, but I do think it is a good idea to warn your children not to eat them before you begin playing with them.
Our boys absolutely giggle with delight when we play with these and I am sure your children will too.