Some of my kids’ favorite books, toys, and clothing choices all have something in common; they glow in the dark. Glow in the dark stars- we have ’em! We even have a glow in the dark party every 4th of July!

We are fascinated by the science of things that glow in the dark. How does glow in the dark stuff work? Why does light affect the glowing property? What a perfect way to brainstorm and form a hypothesis!

Glow in the Dark

Looking for some fun glow-in-the-dark activities for preschoolers?

Check out these 10+ fun glow in the dark activities ideas for kids!

Fun Glow-in-the-Dark Slime


Glow in the dark stem activities

Turn off the lights and check out that neon glow!

Slime is already a hit with kiddos. Add in some glow activator and you have a neon party that can stimulate the senses and get young children excited about science experiments.

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Glow in the Dark Slime Supplies:

Glow in the dark slime recipe for kids.
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Homemade Glow-in-the-Dark Paint


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DIY Glow in the dark paint.
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Glowing Acrylic Paint!

Create a masterpiece that’s visible when the lights are on and off. Glow in the dark products are fascinating for all ages and can inspire little scientists everywhere to dive into some STEM activities!

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Glow-in-the-Dark Lava Lamp


light up the night!

When the sun starts to set and the children aren’t ready for bed yet, help them create a fun glow in the dark lava lamp.

This activity is a great way to incorporate science, senses, and math!

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Glow in the Dark Lava Lamp Supplies:

  • Glass beakers
  • Vitamin B-12 powder
  • Black light
  • Vegetable oil
  • Alka-Seltzer tablets
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More Easy Glow in the Dark Activities for Kids

Glow in the dark activities for kids.

Glow in the Dark Neon Rice

Growingajeweledrose.com has such an easy and fun way to create neon glowing rice. The rainbow colors can be activated with a black light and provide tons of sensory play!

Nighttime Sensory Bin

Funlearningforkids.com created a nighttime sensory bin that glows and reinforces letters and literacy. What a great way to heighten senses and practice the alphabet.

Glow in the Dark Building Activity

Innerchildfun.com has a boredom buster that is simple and fun for all ages. This STEM activity uses cardboard tubes (paper towel and toilet paper) along with glow sticks.

Glow in the Dark Bath Bomb

Steampoweredfamily.com provides a fun science experiment that also doubles as a bath bomb with a fun surprise inside!

Glow in the Dark Bowling Game

Passionforsavings.com came up with a glow in the dark bowling game that can be perfect for a glow party in the classroom or paired game between friends.

Glow in the Dark Learning Activities

Kinderbrations.com has multiple learning activities that incorporate glow in the dark objects. From writing sight words with glow sticks to write the room with black lights, you are sure to find the perfect learning activities for your little ones.

Glow in the Dark Bubbles

Growingajeweledrose.com shares a fun way to create glow in the dark bubbles. The materials are minimal but the fun that could be had outside with glowing bubbles is contagious!

Glow in the Dark Galaxy Jar

Momdot.com has a universe glow jar that is super simple to make with glow in the dark fabric paint. Fun to make and this could make a beautiful night light in a child’s room.

Glow in the Dark Bouncy Balls

The website Growingajeweledrose.com has a homemade recipe to make glow in the dark bouncy balls. Not only are you looking at the science of how glow in the dark works, but also how to make something bounce!

Glow in the Dark Sensory Bottle

Another great opportunity to include literacy and science is the glow in the dark sensory bottle by Whereimaginationgrows.com. Children can use this activity as an I Spy game to reinforce letter recognition.

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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