Glow Stick Bath & Kid’s Co-op

Sammie loves bath time :) She loves playing in the water at any time but she really loves it when I add some colour to the water. To make it even more fun, sometimes I add some glow sticks and let her have a bath in the dark :)

I usually buy a couple packs of the long thin glow sticks and the short thicker ones and throw them in the water. These are the colour tablets that I use :)

For this bath, I added a yellow and a blue tablet to make the water greenish :)

She was in the tub for almost 45 minutes that night, and still didn’t want to get out. lol She was having so much chasing the glow sticks around, gathering them up and then dropping them to let them float again :)

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Glowing Play Dough

Normally I do the Weekly Kid’s Co-op links on Friday, but we’ve been dealing with a sick child for the last couple of days and wasn’t really spending any time on the computer. He seems to be feeling better now, so I thought I would get this up now :)

Before we get to the Kid’s Co-op, I thought I would share one more type of play dough with you.

I want to apologize for the quality of these pictures. My camera has decided that it doesn’t want to take good pictures without the flash lately :(

I found a recipe on Watch Me Play and Learn for glowing play dough and couldn’t wait to try it out :)

I actually made the recipe up two different ways. For the first batch, I followed their recipe using neon paint to colour the play dough. We had pink, red, yellow and blue paint

I also made up a second batch of their glowing play dough by substituting 1 cup of glow water for 1 cup of plain water. This batch was really neat as under normal light, it looks just like plain, uncoloured play dough, but it glows almost green under the black light :)

Neon paint play dough under the black light

Plain play dough made with glow water under the black light.

I set out some neon pipe cleaners, googly eyes and straws for Sammie to play with.

Sammie had a blast with this play dough :)

A googly eye monster that I made up :)

Sammie made up a cake and put some straws in for candles. I showed her how the red play dough almost looked like the flames of a candle, so she put little pieces of the red on top of the straws :)

This was a very fun way to play with play dough :) I’m sure we will be playing with it lots more

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Glowing Slime

We’ve been spending quite a bit of time playing and exploring with our black lights :) Earlier we shared our Glowing Ice Cubes and our Glowing Goop. They were both so much fun and so cool to see how they glow under the black lights.

Today we continue with our glowing play and share our glowing slime :) I didn’t get any pictures of us making the slime, as I was the one making it and my hands were pretty messy.

I’ve heard this called slime, flubber, gak, silly putty and so many other names. We just call it slime

This is how I made our slime. I didn’t really measure anything, just sort of followed the recipe I found online at Steve Spangler Science.

In one cup, I poured in some white Elmer’s glue and added in about the same, maybe a bit more of our yellow glow water (diluted quite a bit). In a second cup, I mixed about a cup of water with 1 teaspoon of Borax. Stir each cup until they are mixed. Then add about 1 tbsp of the Borax mixture to the glue and water mixture in a bigger container. Stir until it started to thicken and started to get stringy. Then I got my hands in there and mix until it was a solid. There was a little bit of water left in my container and I just dumped it out. Then the slime was ready to play with :)

I had actually made up two batches of slime, as I was reading that if you add more of the Borax mixture to your glue and water mixture, the slime becomes more like silly putty. It worked :) My second batch was more solid and less slimy than the first batch.

I think I should have measured a bit more as both batches are very sticky and glue-like. We had made a batch of slime up a few months ago and really measured everything and that slime was very slimy and not sticky.

All ready to play with :)

Sammie wasn’t too sure about touching it at first, but it didn’t take long for her to get right into the play

She immediately mixed the two batches together to make one big blob lol

She loved picking it up and letting it stretch and ooze down

We had put some in a strainer and watched it ooze out. So neat :)

To save your slime, after you are done playing with it. Store it in a sealed Ziploc bag or something else air-tight. It should last for quite awhile as long as it is sealed.

I would suggest not playing with this on carpet or furniture as it can stick and maybe stain.
This is the Steve Spangler Science. recipe for it:

equal parts glue and warm water mixed in one cup, you can add colouring to this mixture
1/2 cup warm water mixed with 1 tsp of Borax mixed in a second cup
slowly add a bit of the Borax and water to your glue and water mix while stirring the mixtures together

Here are some other sites that have made slime and some different ways to play with it

Almost Unschoolers made slime using glow-in-the-dark paint

 The Idea Room made some glow-in-the-dark slime

Jugglig With Kids made flubber slime baskets (It looks like so much fun)

Familylicious made slime baskets

Child Central Station made a bunch of different types of slime on the stove. They also tried a bunch of no-cook slimes

This was so much fun to play with :) Ours was very sticky though and we had a hard time getting it off our hands while playing with it. I think next time, I will definitely measure and follow the recipe closer lol

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Glowing Goop

The other day, I shared how we made glow water and how we played with glowing ice cubes :)

Today I’m going to share Sammie playing with goop under the black lights :)

I had mentioned in the last post that we tried using the UV flashlights as our black lights and how they didn’t work as well as I had hoped. Well, I found some black light light fixtures at a Canadian Tire store. I attached them to the wall in our downstairs bathroom, which has no windows, making it great for our black light play :)

We still had some cornstarch left over from when we had played with goop outside. The cornstarch had dried out and went back to being a powder again, so I decided to just reuse that cornstarch. I took some of yellow glow water and dilated it.

Then Sammie took over and dumped the glow water into the bowl of cornstarch and started mixing it :)

I love how the glow water glows, but the cornstarch doesn’t :) It makes such an interesting contrast.

Getting those hands right in there to mix it up :)

Letting the goop run and drip out of her hands :)

Mixing more glow water into the goop :)

Goopy hands using a spoon to mix it up some more

She put some goop into the strainer that you can see in the picture above, to watch it run and drip out, but I didn’t get a picture of it, as my hands were pretty much covered in goop as well lol I think I like playing with goop as much as Sammie does :)
This was a lot of fun :) Sammie loved seeing it glow and watching how the glow changed as she mixed the goop up :)
We found that the more she mixed the goop up, the less it glowed. She kept adding more glow water to it, to keep it glowing. I’m not sure if this was because the cornstarch that we used was already coloured purple, or whether that’s just how the glow water works. I think next time we play with glowing goop, we will use new cornstarch and see if it glows longer and better.
We will be sharing more glowing black light fun over the next few days :) Next up will be glowing slime and silly putty :)
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Glowing Ice Cubes

I recently discovered black light play through this awesome blog Growing A Jeweled Rose.  She has a whole section on playing with a black light Black Light Play :) I honestly can not rave about this blog enough, they do lots of awesome sensory baths and play and lots of messy play :)

Inspired by her black light play, I really wanted to try some with Sammie and Maddie. I purchased a couple of these UV flashlights for us to use. Warning, these flashlights are extremely bright and hurt your eyes to look directly at. I am currently searching for a better black light to use.

I made up a bunch of glow water (water that reacts to the black lights). To make the glow water, you need some highlighters (yellow works the best), open them up and take out the pad that’s inside. Soak the pad in some regular water. I think I used maybe 2 cups of water for each colour. I tried both the big highlighters and the pen sized highlighters. The big ones worked better.

I made up yellow, blue, purple, green, pink and orange. The blue and purple didn’t react to the black light at all. The pink and orange react slightly. But the green and yellow, wow they glow a lot! :)

Our glow water under normal lights

And under the black light :)

Once the glow water is made, you can take this water and dilute it a lot and it will still glow.

I took some of each colour that reacted and diluted it a bit more and filled a couple ice cube trays and some baby food containers. Then I froze them all.

I also found out by reading on Growing A Jeweled Rose. that tonic water reacts under the black lights as well. So I bought a bottle of it and froze some of it as well. :)

While they were freezing, I tried to find a room in the house that we could play with them in. The only room that would work, (dark enough and safe to play with water in) was the upstairs bathroom. I had to pin some towels over the window to block out some light but it worked.

I put a shallow tote on the floor, dumped all the frozen glowing things into it, and set the UV flashlights around the tote. I tried to point the lights towards the ice, but without shining into any one’s eyes. It worked okay, but I really think we need a better black light.

Here is our frozen glowing cubes :) The yellow and green cubes react the most :)

Sammie was completely amazed with it :) She loved playing with the ice and seeing it glow too :)
She spent the most time trying to build a castle with them and just moving them around the tote.

They glowed much better with the UV flashlight pointed directly at them.

The green cube that glowed the most :)

This was a lot of fun :) We just loved seeing them glow in the dark and checking out what else glowed under the black light ;)

We will be posting lots of other activities that we are doing with the black lights, like slime and goop :)

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