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Good morning everyone! I know, it’s Monday and all but as I said last week, this Monday just happens to be pretty special!
We’re officially kicking off the Think Outside the Toy Box Summer Series today! That’s right! A full series.
For the next 10 weeks, myself, as well as a few other, very talented bloggers, will be bringing you lots of fun kids crafts and activities using items that you probably already have at home! Each week there is a different item and each week we’ll be including a link up where you can share your own posts using that item if you have them :)
This week’s item? GLOW STICKS! How fun is that?!
So how did we use ours? Well, I’m glad you asked :)
We turned those bright green glow sticks into a fun and squishy glow in the dark, sensory slime bag!
This thing glowed for hours and kept everybody entertained for just as long.
To make your own, you’ll need:
4-5 glow sticks (depending on the size)
Tape (we used Duck tape)
**You will need to be careful when making the slime as you need to cut open the glow sticks to get the liquid inside. The adult in the group should make the slime themselves, since you are dealing with chemicals, and then let the little ones play.**
To make the slime, crack the glow sticks and give them a good shake so that they’re glowing nice and bright. Poke a hole into the bottom and pour the liquid into a bowl.
Mix in your cornstarch. The amount will depend on the size of your glow sticks and the amount of liquid that was inside them but we used around 5 tablespoons of cornstarch.
Basically, you’re looking for that perfect slime consistency. Not too watery but not mush either.
Tape around 3 out of 4 sides of a plastic Ziploc bag leaving the opening clear. It doesn’t need to be pretty, it’s just an extra precaution to make sure your slime doesn’t leak out.
Pour your slime into the bag, zip it up, and tape over the opening.
Now comes the fun part!
You could spend some time just playing with the slime as it is. We used our fingers to draw shapes and numbers before moving to Q-Tips so that we could move the slime around.
Or you can go ahead and flip off the lights for a brand new experience!
The entire bag lights up and hours of fun sensory play can begin!
Want more fun glow stick ideas? Check out these awesome ladies to see how they used them this week!
Chaos & Kiddos
View from the Fridge
The Mad Mommy
The Everyday Momma
For more fun ideas to try out this summer, make sure you check out the full Think Outside the Toy Box series!
5/26 – Glow Sticks (Glow in the Dark Sensory Slime Bag)
6/2 – Plastic Soda Bottles (Soda Bottle Speed Boat)
6/9 – Paper Grocery Bags (Paper Bag Wind Sock)
6/16 – Kool-Aid (Kool-Aid Painted Beach Towel)
6/23 – Ice Cream Cones (Ice Cream Cone Rocket Races)
6/30 – Pool Noodles (Pool Noodle Play House)
7/7 – Wax Paper (Wax Paper Nature Night Light)
7/14 – Puzzle Pieces (Puzzle Pictures)
7/21 – Paper Cups (Hot Air Balloon Craft for Preschoolers)
7/28 – Plastic Milk Jugs (Recycled Milk Jug Sun Catchers)