1. Glow in the dark bowling. Bowling is one of my daughters favorite things to do, so I was excited to be able to add even more fun to something she already loves.
Start by raiding your recycling bin to find the perfect "pins". Pop bottle are ideal because they do not collapse easily. However, since we do not drink pop we used water bottles instead.
Peel off all of the labels and place 2-3 activated glow sticks inside and replace the cap.
Turn down the lights and let the fun begin. This is a great activity for both indoors and outdoors.
2. Glow in the dark letters. Whether you have a pro reader or a child just learning to read this is a perfect way to have some fun while learning. Take turns spelling out different words or names. If your child has not started to read this is a great way to encourage letter recognition. You can also practice making shapes and saying their names. Try it, your kids will love it.
3. Ring Toss. This is another simple yet fun game. Have your child crack/activate and assemble each bracelet/necklace then take turns tossing the rings! We did this in bed the other night. It was a nice way to end the day.
4. Hide and Seek. This is one of my favorites. Decorate yourself with some glow in the dark gear and turn down the lights. Maybe a few bracelets, a necklace or two, make some silly glasses or tie one in your hair. Then run and hide and let your child come find you. Obviously this is not a game for older kids but my 2 year old niece loved it. It might even help a child overcome their fear of the dark-- or at least make it a little less scary.
5. Floating Fairy Jars. This activity can get messy and possibly dangerous if not done right. It involves you breaking the glow stick open and pouring it into the jar. The object is to create a glowing sparkles that resemble what a fairy in a jar would look like. If done right this is a super cool project. For this project I was unable to take a decent photo, you can google it to find some. BE CAREFUL when opening the glow sticks because there will be broken glass inside!!
6. Glow in the dark Water Balloons. A super fun warm summer evening game. Simply drop a few glowing sticks into the balloon and fill it with water. It is easiest to use a smaller glow stick and fold it in half. Try not to pop or poke a hole in the balloon. When done right these are super cool. This was a huge hit during our Memorial Day gathering.
7. Glowing Fireflies. Perfect for those rainy summer evenings when your kids are bummed they can't go out and catch fireflies. This craft can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. You can use a plastic bottle or a plastic egg. Have your child decorate it how they want then roll the glow stick and shove it inside Next add some googly eyes and the pipe cleaner antennas. And bonus, your kids have a special nightlight for that night.
8. Racing in the Dark. This activity is fun for all ages.
Attach multiple bracelets to create 2 lines. Place them on either side of the hallway and viola, you have an awesome glow in the dark race track. Add as many or as little as you want. You can even wrap a bracelet around the top of the car to make glow in the dark racers. Tip: Making a double or even triple line on both sides will make for a brighter track.
Push hotwheels down the lit up track to see who wins!
What are some of your favorite things to do with glow sticks?