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Thanks for inviting us over to The Pleasantest Thing today. I thought I’d share a project with my girl’s latest obsession: Glow Sticks!! We’ve discovered that the Dollar Store near us sells them in more styles than I know what to do with. She’s also into things that fly, so we combined them into our Glow in the Dark Moon Rocket.
- Empty water bottle
- White ball or styrofoam sphere
- Silver and glow in the dark paint
- Glow stick (3″ orange or red works best)
- Red tissue paper or crepe paper
- Transparent tape
- Drill with large drill bit
1. Drill a 1 cm diameter hole in the bottom of the water bottle.
2. Paint bottle and cap with the silver and glow in the dark paint. We didn’t have silver glow in the dark paint, so we just mixed the colors together. Be sure to put a last coat of glow paint on for maximum glowing power.
3. Paint the ball with white glow in the dark paint to make the moon. We used a big plastic golf ball we had kicking around the house, but you can buy a styrofoam sphere too.
4. Cut the red tissue paper into 2 inch wide strips. The length isn’t that important, so just cut your strips the same length as the paper.
5. Tape the tissue paper to one end of the glow stick. Crack the glow stick so it starts to glow.
6. Push the tissue papered end of the glow stick into the hole in the bottom of the water bottle until the glow stick seems secure.
7. Go into a dark room and play! We played moon orbit where I held the moon and my daughter ran circles around me until the rocket crashed (she fell down). We also hung them up in her room like mobiles because she wanted to watch the sticks glow as she fell asleep.
What are your kids’ favorite things to do with glow sticks?