Let It Shine: 10 Glow-in-the-Dark Play Ideas

Whether you want to light up the night or embark on an indoor adventure that promises fantastic fun, we found some groovy ways to get your glow on. From sidewalk chalk and starry light lanterns to sensory bins and glowing gak, these super cool glow-in-the-dark activities will make you see the dark in a whole new light.

Mix Up Some Glow Dough
The project pros over at Tinker Lab have come up with an awesome DIY session on making glow dough. With just a little bit of paint, flour, and black light, your regular play dough is transformed into a super sparkly, glowing dough everyone can enjoy.


Photo courtesy of Tinker Lab

Add Glow To Sidewalk Chalk
Throw some pizzazz into your sidewalk art by whipping up a batch of homemade glow-in-the-dark chalk that only requires a few simple household ingredients to make. This homemade art supply works on both indoor and outdoor surfaces. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

chalk that glows

photo courtesy Growing a Jeweled Rose

Whip Up Neon Noodles
Take pasta playtime to the next level with this super simple glowing spaghetti recipe from Adventures At Home With Mum. Add some trucks and a little black light action for hours of exploration.


photo courtesy of Adventures at Home with Mum

Splash In Wacky Water
It can be a challenge to find a safe way to create some outta-this-world tub time, but supermom Asia over at Fun At Home With Kids has found the perfect combo. Just a little bit of this and a pinch of that and you have yourself hours of light up play.


photo courtesy of Fun at Home with Kids

Create Starry Lights
These DIY lanterns are the perfect replacement to 4th of July sparklers or a really awesome addition to any outdoor party. Check out how the crafty mama over at Momtastic created these fab starry lights in just a few simple steps. You won’t need a flame to fire up these babies, so it’s easy to let the little ones enjoy.


photo courtesy of Momtastic

Make Green Glowing Gak
A super-popular project is glowing gak, and it’s green in more than one way. This simple recipe only requires three ingredients, and it’s totally non-toxic. Ooey and gooey, this slimey stuff will be an instant hit for the kids. The glow pro over at Growing A Jeweled Rose has the know-how on this fun project.

glow in the dark slime and recipe

photo courtesy Growing a Jeweled Rose

Play Glowing Games
Summertime play doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Just add a few glow sticks to the party and it’s game on! Look at lawn bowling in a new light by adding some sticks to bottled water.


photo courtesy of A Crafty Mama

Blow Bright Bubbles
Bright bubbles are perfect for blacklight fun. After perfecting the recipe for DIY bubbles, the mama at Four Little Piglets decided to add some glow power for extra excitement. Note: This activity does require the use of a black light.


photo courtesy Four Little Piglets

Craft Neon Necklaces
A lesson in fine motor development, not to mention fashion development, little ones will love a chance to don neon necklaces. After dying and stringing these noodles be sure to take a stroll around the neighborhood and watch the gluten glow. Get the how-to here.

glowing pasta for arts

photo courtesy Growing a Jeweled Rose

Give The Sensory Bin A New Glow
The traveling mama at Life Lesson Plans knows it’s a whole new world for water-based sensory play when a few glow-in-the-dark bits get thrown in. From the jellyfish to the sparkling bottom of the bin, kids of all ages will want to keep the light off and the glow on. Be prepared to spend some time with this one, and be sure never to leave little ones unsupervised during water activity time.


photo courtesy Life Lesson Plans

How do you and your family enjoy glow-in-the-dark play? Share with us in the comments!

— Gabby Cullen