Glow in the Dark Projects
September 26, 2012 Leave a comment
Fall is here and the days are getting shorter. The sun sets earlier and earlier until it’s dark before supper! Of course, here at The MAKESHOP Show that inspires us to make things – things that gloooooowww in the daaaaark. (And just in time for Halloween!)
We hunted the internet for the coolest Glow in the Dark Projects for kid-makers just like you!
- Glow in the Dark Bubbles by crafts4boys.com
- Glow in the Dark Nail Polish by Cut Out + Keep
- Glow in the Dark Real Flowers by NurdRage
- Glow in the Dark Jello (also works with ice!) by About.com
- Homemade Black Light Paint by eHow.com
- Light Up Wristbands by The MAKESHOP Show
- Giant DIY “Light Bright” by the MAKESHOP Show
- Plus, check out this collection of other glowing project ideas by About.com’s Chemistry team.
Why do these materials glow?
Many of these projects use familiar things like highlighters, laundry detergent and glow sticks in surprising new ways. When you make them, you’re making with photoluminescent materials that react to light in different ways. Two different types are fluorescence and phosphorescence – click here for a quick explanation and gallery of examples from Dr. Helmenstine at About.com. Making + chemistry = awesome projects.
Stay calm and glow on, kid-makers!
*SAFETY NOTE: While all of these projects can be done with kid-safe, non-toxic substances, ALWAYS check your labels to make sure that the highlighters or glow sticks you’re using are that kind. Never eat, drink or sniff chemicals of any kind, even if they are normal household chemicals. Stay safe and make on, kid-makers!
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