These glowing water beads are the coolest thing ever. They are so much fun for children of all ages, and adults too! They can be used for sensory play, Halloween, imaginative play and more.
Glowing Water Beads
We love playing with water beads and have used them in a variety of ways. I have to say, glowing water beads are our favorite, with frozen water beads as a close second. To make the glowing water beads I first made glow water. Glow water is simple to make, and my boys even like to help. To make glow water you need yellow highlighters. I prefer to use non toxic highlighters since my kids will have their hands in the water created from the ink. As with all sensory activities we wash our hands after play.
How to Make Glow Water
Directions: Break open a yellow highlighter. Use caution while breaking it, because little bits of plastic can go flying. Next run water through the inside of the broken pen to get all of the yellow from inside then run the spongy part under the water. JZ (4) wanted to help, so he held the sponge and squeezed the yellow out.
*Update* The first time I made glow water I held it under running water. The second time I made it I smarted up and cut the spongy part open. The glow rinsed into the water in seconds. Easy peasy.
To make glowing water beads soak clear water beads in glow water for several hours. I have made glowing water beads both from brand new water beads and from already hydrated water beads. If they soak in glow water long enough they will absorb enough of the glow water to glow.
JZ has an obsession with anything that glows, so these beads were probably the highlight of his entire week, maybe even his month. Water beads are cool enough on their own, and these babies really GLOW! He rolled them back and fourth in the bin over and over, mesmerized.
*Update* We love glowing play and have used glow water in many ways. While it is okay for kids to touch as long as it is made with a non toxic highlighter, I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that my good friend over at Fun at Home with Kids came up with a 100% safe recipe for glow water. It is pediatrician approved and even edible. How cool is that?
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