The theme of the third day in our Fall Recipes for Play series is glowing.  This was right up our alley!!!!  (If you missed it, Day One of the series was Recipes for Fall Playdoughs; and Day Two of the series was Recipes for Homemade Fall Paints)

Halloween is still weeks away, but in honor of it, we decided to make edible glowing "spiderwebs" for our sensory play.  Little X was OVER THE MOON for this activity.  You can tell by his fabulous faces.

S was also thrilled - you can tell by the fact that she is moving so quickly she's blurry in nearly every photo - hahahaha!

Our glowing spiderwebs are thin, just a little bit stretchy, and just a little bit sticky.  Perfect, right?

The bright blue glow was so amazing!

The kids' legs looked so crazy!!!

See?  Loved it.  (He's saying "OOOOH!")

He especially loved grabbing big clumps that either S or I presented him.

S loved gathering all the webs together at once.  They almost radiated light in a big clump.  So beautiful and crazy and messy all at once.  The kiddos had a total blast.

To make your own glowing edible "spiderwebs", you'll need:

Though these are "edible", they are not intended to be used as food.  Please don't feed them to your child.  This play is intended for children who are either no longer mouthing or may slip up once or twice.  If you think your baby/toddler would actively eat this, I suggest waiting until they are a bit older for this sensory play.  If you have a toddler or baby who is likely to taste these once or twice, I would recommend preparing them with Our Edible Glow Water over tonic water because tonic water is SO bitter.  Don't worry - they still glow amazingly when prepped with Our Edible Glow Water.  See:

My kids don't taste anymore, so we used tonic water for our play (blue glow).  Anyway, back to the recipe -- fill a container/dish with enough tonic water or Our Edible Glow Water to cover your thin rice noodles.  Let them soak for several minutes until they are hydrated and move loosely (about 15 minutes).  Drain them or blot them dry on a paper towel and you're ready to go.  This is a fluorescing reaction that requires a blacklight.  We recommend using a tube blacklight for the best and brightest glow.

Now that you've read ours, don't forget to check out the other three amazing homemade paint recipes in this week's series:

Glowing Magic Milk Experiment from Learn Play Imagine
Homemade Glow in the Dark Window Clings from Blog Me Mom
Glowing Bread Clay Recipe from Housing a Forest

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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.


  1. Soooo cool! Maybe I shouldn't return the blacklight I bought over the weekend (it didn't work for my original idea)?!?!

    1. Thank you, Dyan! Yes, plenty of fun to be had with a blacklight - at least we think so, hahahaa!

  2. This is way cool! It will be great for Halloween.

    1. Thank you, JDaniel4's Mom! It was so spooky and fun!!!!

  3. This is pretty much the coolest thing I have EVER seen. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!

    1. Thank you so much, Blayne!!!! That totally makes my day! :) :) :) We had loads of fun with it. :)

  4. This is such a great idea! I would love to replicate, but am wondering if you cook the noodles ahead of time or merely soak them in the tonic water and let them soften naturally. Thanks!

    1. It will depend on your noodles, unfortunately! Mine were precooked so they suggested just soaking them. I would check the directions on your package. Or you could always take a small section and see if they soften without breaking apart in the tonic water (my only fear would be that uncooked noodles might break up??) I hope that helps!! I wish I could be clearer!!

    Like gin and tinic - tonic water? Seems too simple! and cheap!? Soph


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