DIY | Kid Friendly Glow Water

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Here’s a real simple process for adding a bit of glow to sensory play.

Supplies

  • Vitamin B-50, 2 capsules
  • Plastic Bag (maybe)
  • Wooden Spoon (maybe)
  • Measuring Cup
  • Table Spoon
  • Warm Water
  • Sensory Bin
  • Black Light
  • Assorted Water Play Props

Instructions

  • B-50 comes in capsules and tablets. If you have tablets, place two of them in the plastic bag, close the bag, and use the wooden spoon to crush them into a fine powder. If you’ve got capsules, just pinch them open and pour the powder into the water as directed in the next step.
  • Fill the measuring cup with warm water, pour in the crushed vitamin B, and stir with the table spoon to dissolve the powder.
  • Fill the sensory bin with warmish water, pour in the vitamin B and water mixture, and stir with the wooden spoon.
  • Turn on the black light, turn off the other lights, and play in the dark with your glowing mixture.

Variations

  • Go big–fill a bathtub or wading pool with a big batch of the glowing liquid and let the kids play in it.
  • Make glowing ice cubes and play with them as they melt.
  • Try a black light florescent bulb or flashlight.
  • Consider letting the glowing liquid join in some dramatic play.

We’d love to know how this idea works in your play environment if you give it a try. Share your experiences in the comments.

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After nearly 30 years working in early learning programs, Tasha now devotes her time to making Explorations Early Learning and Playvolution HQ work, quilting, and taking care of her pet duck, Tape.

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