15 Ways To Play With Glow Sticks

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!

When I think about the things that remind me of summer, I can’t help but have glow sticks come to my mind.  What is it about glow sticks that make them so much fun?  Maybe it’s that they glow in the dark.  Or it could be that just wearing them makes you smile.  Whatever the case, I really don’t think you are ever too old to enjoy them with your family and friends, so today I’m sharing a round up of my favorite glow stick activities!

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As you scroll through, you’ll find that many of these activities can be done both indoors and outdoors which makes it easy to enjoy glow in the dark glow stick fun year round!  A word of caution: If you have little ones who like to put things in their mouth, please be careful.  The packaging says that adult supervision is recommended and that glow sticks are for ages 3+.

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15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
Gold in the Dark Lawn Bowling  |  Growing A Jeweled Rose

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Glow in the Dark Wiffle Ball  |  A Few Shortcuts

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
Ring Toss  |  Sugar Bee Crafts

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Tic-Tac-Toe  |  Make and Takes

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Glow Jars/Fairy Jars  |  The Gold Jellybean

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Word Art  |  Smile and Wave

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
 Glow in the Dark Drinks  |  Mommy Savers

Corn Hole  Tape glow sticks around the hole and at the sides, top and bottom so you can keep playing at night!

Red Light, Green Light  Remember this game as a kid?  Just grab a red and green glow stick and let the kids play this childhood favorite after it gets dark by having your child hold up the glow stick to indicate stop and go.

Dance Party  We’ve done this with our kids in the wintertime in our basement, but how fun would this be at your next BBQ or watching fireworks!

Glow Sticks in the Pool  Keep the fun going at your pool party by throwing some glow sticks in!  This would be fun to do in a kiddie pool as well on those hot summer nights (just keep a close eye out!).

15 fun and unique ways to play with glow sticks year round!  So many great ideas!
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Freeze Tag  Another favorite kid game!  Have your kids wear glow sticks around their necks, wrists and ankles so they can see each other and let the fun begin.

Capture the Flag One team wears one color and the other team wears another so you know who’s who.

Bath time  Another fun activity you can do year round with your kiddos.  They’ll love playing with their glow sticks in the bath tub!  (We’ve also done glow in the dark bath paint using a black light and it’s so much fun!  You can find the post here.)

What other activities have you done with glow sticks?

Glow in the Dark Bath Paint

Glow in the Dark Bath Paint--a great indoor activity and so much fun for the kids!

You know those glow in the dark stars that every kid growing up in the 80’s and 90’s had?  I remember wanting them so much that I asked for them for my birthday and was so excited to get them!  I put them up all over my walls and ceiling and would rearrange them into different shapes or the initials of my latest crush.  Now that I have kids of my own, they are just as fascinated by things that glow in the dark.  So when I found a “recipe” for glow in the dark bath paint, I was excited to try it out with them.

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I looked in a few places online to find out what kind of glow in the dark paint would work best.  I wanted this to be an affordable activity so that my kids could do it often without breaking the bank.  I finally found a good solution at Michaels using their Craft Smart brand.  I bought one bottle of regular glow in the dark paint and then a bottle each of pink, orange, green and blue neon paint of the same brand.  When I was at the local dollar store, I picked up a can of shaving cream.  I also bought a blacklight lightbulb (not pictured) for $3 from Walmart since I plan on doing more glow in the dark activities in the future.  That’s all you need!

Glow in the Dark Bath Paint--a great indoor activity and so much fun for the kids!

To start out, I grabbed a small, 6-opening muffin tin to mix the paint together.  I used about 1 tsp of glow in the dark paint and 7-10 drops of colored paint.  Put the paint into the bottom of each muffin cup and mix it together before you put the shaving cream in.

Glow in the Dark Bath Paint--a great indoor activity and so much fun for the kids!

After mixing the paint together, shake up your shaving cream and squirt it in.  I used about 1/2 cup of shaving cream per color.  Then I used a paint brush to mix it all together.  I found that mixing it in a circular motion, almost like whisking, worked best for me since it helped me scoop the paint off the bottom and distribute it evenly as possible throughout the shaving cream.  There’s really no science behind it, so if you find a method that works better for you, then go for it!

Glow in the Dark Bath Paint--a great indoor activity and so much fun for the kids!

We ran the bath water and replaced the regular bulb in our bathroom with the blacklight bulb.  (Depending on the size of your bathroom, you may need more than one bulb to get enough light to see the paint colors really well.)  Then we plopped the kids in the tub and let them have at it!

My son has a thing with rubbing any that looks like bubbles all over himself, so that was the first thing he did with the bath paint.  My daughter started painting the tub walls and drawing pictures using her fingers and the paintbrush.  The kids had lots of fun and when the paint was gone, we drained the water and rinsed out the tub, which made the tub nice and clean–yay!–(and extended the time before it needed to be cleaned again–double yay!).

Glow in the Dark Bath Paint--a great indoor activity and so much fun for the kids!

Glow in the Dark Bath Paint--a great indoor activity and so much fun for the kids!

Glow in the Dark Bath Paint--a great indoor activity and so much fun for the kids!

This is a great year-round activity, good for all ages and fairly inexpensive, depending on the brand you buy.  I spent a total of $5 and had paint and shaving cream left over.  All in all, it was a fun activity and definitely worth repeating!

Find 7 other colorful hands on kid activities HERE.

Have you done any glow in the dark activities before?