Summer is the perfect time to stay up late with the kids. My boys like nothing more than going outside when it is dark and since we have a big fenced in yard in the country, they are often allowed to go out and chase lightening bugs, play flashlight tag and otherwise have fun in the early evening hours. Last night, we tried out some DIY glow in the dark bubbles and had a great time!
- Non Toxic Glow Sticks
- Clear Plastic Cups
- Clear Bubble Liquid
- Bubble Blowing Wands
- Paper Towels
Break a glow stick so that it is shining and cut the ends off. It is easier to get the liquid out if you cut both ends of the glow stick, but be careful and lay out some paper towels since the liquid can splatter out sometimes.
Empty the liquid from the glow stick into a clear plastic cup. We used about 6 glow sticks for each batch of bubbles.
Pour in some clear bubble liquid and mix the solution together well. By this time, you should have a brightly glowing glass of bubbles.
Total cost: About $.50 per glass of glow in the dark bubbles. $1 large container from the Dollar Tree and 6 out of 100 glow sticks used in a bulk container bought at Michael’s.
* I am going to add a safety disclaimer to this post and will not be allowing anymore arguing or debate in the comments of this post. As with all craft materials and projects, it is up to the adults who should always be supervising their children to make sure they are using the best materials possible in a responsible way. There are many different brands of glow sticks. The ones we used are indeed marked non-toxic. I would not recommend letting young children mess with the liquid and would recommend standing on a high surface as we did on our porch and blowing the bubbles responsibly away from other people and not at each other. In the end, you will need to decide if it is an experiment worth doing with your children and whether they are mature enough to do it responsibly.