How does glow in the dark even work? I’ve heard that question before from children, however I’m not even sure myself. Even though we have no idea how it works, we sure love glow in the dark ANYTHING at my house. My kids love wearing glow pajamas at night and having dance parties in their rooms.

What if I told you you could make an easy slime recipe with glue? Curious minds will love to experiment and play with the glow in the dark slime. This basic slime recipe doesn’t require many materials to make and there are so many varieties of objects or toys that can be added. Add stars for a galaxy themed slime or mini dinosaurs for a prehistoric twist.

– Life Over C's

Glow-in-the-Dark Slime Supplies:

  • 1 (5oz.)  bottle of glow in the dark glue 
  • ½ tbsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. Contact solution
  • Glow in the dark stars  
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Plastic mat

Glow in the Dark Activities for Kids

best slime recipe with glue

COMBINING DIFFERENT MATERIALS CAN CHANGE THE PROPERTIES OF A SUBSTANCE.

The 3 ingredient slime recipe shows children how to experiment with materials to create something that’s fun to play with for hours.

The recipe to make slime is easy to follow and incorporates science, math, and literacy skills.

I like to use the glow in the dark slime activator to practice the scientific method and modeling how things can change over time.

In addition to learning about change you can pose additional questions to young learners like:

  • What happened when you added in the contact saline solution?
  • What do you think would happen if we added more baking soda?
  • Tell me something else that might change it’s appearance by adding to the recipe?
  • What would happen if you added glitter glue instead of the glow in the dark glue?
– Life Over C's Completed glow in the dark slime recipe.

What Can Preschoolers Learn While Making the Easy Slime Recipe For Kids

slime recipe with contact solution

You can use vocabulary to help answer children’s questions about how glow in the dark works:

  • phosphor which is a substance that radiates light after being charged
  • fluorescence which is the emitting of that absorbed light
  • luminescence which is the emitting of light that was not charged or absorbed
– Life Over C's Add glow in the dark stars to the easy slime recipe for kids.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn About Science?

Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about the how things are made can help them understand the world a little bit better.

Learn How Things are Made

Learning about how things are made and how they can change is really the first step toward more complex science concepts, like the scientific process.

Identify Properties

Creating materials like the slime recipe with baking soda is a way for children to identify different properties. What color is the slime? What does the slime feel like?

Form Opinions

When children experiment and make guesses, they also form opinions about the world around them. Brainstorming and having their own thoughts can increase confidence in our children.

How To Make Glow in the Dark Slime

Step One:

Pour the glue into the mixing bowl.

– Life Over C's Pour glow in the dark glue into a bowl.

Step Two:

Add the baking soda and stir well until combined.

– Life Over C's Add baking soda to the mixture of contact solution and glow in the dark glue.

Step Three:

Pour in the contact solution and stir until slime becomes stretchy. (Note: Your slime will feel sticky at first and it will seem like there’s too much contact solution. However, keep kneading the slime and it will get to the desired consistency! I did not have to add any extra solution to this recipe.)  

– Life Over C's Add contact solution to the glow in the dark glue.

Step Four:

Once the slime is at the desired consistency, it’s ready! 

– Life Over C's Mix the slime ingredients.

Step Five:

Use a plastic mat for play time. Add the glow in the dark stars to the slime. 

Find a dark room or closet to see the slime and stars glow in the dark! 

Store the slime in an airtight container or a jar.

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– Life Over C's Glow in the dark slime recipe for kids.
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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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