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June 19, 2012

Glowing JELLO Experiment

I love trying new things.  So far the boys have been thrilled with all of the ways we've played with GLOW WATERTrying to think about what other sensory play we could incorporate with GLOW WATER, I remembered how much the J boys loved our Jello Sensory Bin.  I decided to make some Glowing Jello!  We used tonic water under a black light for the first time when we played with Glowing Ice.  I thought it would be fun to set up a little experiment.

I poured six packs of jello mix into containers, two of three difference flavors.

I added GLOW WATER to one container of each flavor and tonic water to the remaining.

I followed the recipe on the jello boxes, substituting GLOW WATER and tonic water when the recipe called for water. 

I added the hot myself, and the boys poured in the cold water.

The boys loved helping me stir.

That batch sure does glow!

While mixing the jello I asked the boys to make guesses about which colors and which kind of water would glow more.  

While we were mixing they were very curious about tonic water, so I gave them each a little taste.

Here they are in liquid form. I posted this photo on my Facebook page the other day and asked my readers to guess. Tonic water received the most votes. In all honesty, I thought the tonic water would make the jello glow more than it did. I googled "glow in the dark jello", and the images that came up were much brighter than our tonic water jello.


It was no contest really.  The orange jello made with GLOW WATER came close, although the above photo doesn't show it well.  In general, lime jello is your best option for the best glow.

Tonic water lime:


GLOW WATER orange:

This experiment certainly won the approval of my little scientists!

With longer daylight hours, we've been sticking to the downstairs bathroom for our black light play.  I prop the black light on the bathroom counter facing down, and I instruct the boys not to look up.

I put all the small containers (except the one we kept out to eat) in a larger bin to contain any mess while little fingers explored the cold, wiggly texture.

I hope this goes without saying, but please do not eat the jello made with GLOW WATER.  For a tasty treat in the dark, enjoy some tonic water infused jello.  We did!

If you enjoy black light play, be sure and see what else we've made glow:  Ice, Water Beads, Homemade Paint, and Oobleck.

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  1. What a great experiment! Love this!

  2. So inspired by your blog and ideas! I am passing on the Liebster Award to you! Come on over and pick it up when you have a chance :) http://sunnysweetlife.blogspot.com/2012/06/liebster-blog-award.html

  3. That is WAY cool!!! Thanks so much for linking it up at TGIF!!! Putting it on our summer bucket list =-)


  4. That looks so fun! I used to teach first grade. They would've loved that fun! Newest GFC follower. Love for you to follow back when you get a chance.


  5. that is so wickedly cool! Thanks for sharing on Hey Mom, Look What I Did at Adventures In Mommy Land!

  6. Cool experiment! Kids love to get messy. It would be fun to try and find something that you could eat that would glow. Thanks for linking up to Mom's Library!

  7. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing, I'm pinning this!

  8. My kids love ANYTHING that glows! We will definitely be trying this and I'm going to pin it too! I found you via the Mom's Library link-up and am happy to be your newest follower! I'd love for you to visit me back at http://www.two-in-diapers.blogspot.com! :)

  9. What a great activity. I wouldn't have guessed the outcome. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with the Weekly Kid's Co-op.

  10. Sounds like fun! Does it stain your hands?


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