My friend Emily first piqued my interest in glowing when she posted about her family's blacklight dinner back in 2011. At the time, I'd thought that S would be too young to really enjoy the glowing. Emily's son was almost 4 at the time, so I sort of mentally filed glowing activities away for when S was around 4.
I've seen various methods to make things glow, but I really loved how Emily used tonic water. We were actually messing around with another post I'll share with you next week when I wondered -- could make Glowing Oobleck with tonic water?
Why Oobleck? Well because it's X's absolute favorite. And I thought I'd see if he wanted to play with us.
At first he was just STUNNED that things were glowing. But then he started playing.
S and I were grabbing handfuls of the Glowing Oobleck and letting it drip from our hands and X was SOOOOEXCITED!!!!!!
Hahaha, these photos are totally blurry, but his little excited face is tooooo cute.
He LOVED it.
I dripped more from way up high and S caught it in her hands while X watched.
Then we dripped some on his legs and feet. :)
Whooooa. How cool is this, right?
And just like regular oobleck, it's still soooo fun to squish.
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Our Glowing Oobleck Recipe:
**Please note that while edible, I would not encourage this activity with children who are likely to ingest large amounts. Neither cornstarch nor tonic water with quinine are things I would recommend a child eat directly.**
1 16oz box of cornstarch (this is called cornflour in the UK)
2 cups Tonic Water with Quinine (you could also substitute our Safe Edible Glow Water for tonic water)
Mix the cornstarch with tonic water until it's smooth. If there isn't enough "give" to the cornstarch and it is not dripping from your fingers like it is in these photos, add a tablespoon more tonic water at a time. If it is too runny and does not make dramatic ribbons or hold together when you squeeze it with your hand, add more cornstarch a tablespoon at a time.
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All activities here are activities I feel are safe for my own children. As your child's parents/guardians, you will need to decide what you feel is safe for your family. I always encourage contacting your child's pediatrician for guidance if you are not sure about the safety/age appropriateness of an activity. All activities on this blog are intended to be performed with adult supervision. Appropriate and reasonable caution should be used when activities call for the use of materials that could potentially be harmful, such as scissors, or items that could present a choking risk (small items), or a drowning risk (water activities), and with introducing a new food/ingredient to a child (allergies). Observe caution and safety at all times. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any of these activities on this blog.