Glow in the Dark Bouncy Ball
Make a bouncy ball that glows in the dark, so it won't matter when it's time for lights out. The Glow in the Dark Bouncy Ball is the latest and greatest way to bounce your way into fun. Creative craft ideas for children are great ways to get them thinking creatively. When you see how easy it is to learn how to make bouncy balls that glow, you might start making up your own clever craft ideas for kids. This awesome homemade toy doubles as a science projectsince you have to mix individual ingredients that cause the fluorescent glow of these awesome bouncy balls!
This Glow in the Dark Bouncy Ball also makes for the perfect playdate activity. Your little guests will have so much fun making their own glowing bouncy balls that they'll want to make another one every time they come over. After all, what could be cooler than a craft that glows?
Also, be sure to check out our awesome tutorial on how to make a DIY Bouncy Ball!
Time to CompleteUnder an hour
Age GroupPreschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School, Pre-Teens, Teens
What Causes a Glow in the Dark Effect?
Glow in the dark crafts for kids are always fun to make, but what is the scientific explanation for things that glow? There’s actually some chemistry behind the popular glowing fun. Inside glow sticks and glow in the dark paint is a substance called phosphor. Phosphor gives off a small amount of visible light when energized. However, for the phosphor to be energized, it must be exposed to light. This explains why it takes some time for the glow to appear. Phosphors also don’t give off much visible light themselves, which is why you have to hold them in dark places to actually see the glow. Nowadays, chemists have come up with compounds to make phosphors shine more brightly and for longer periods of time. Who knew that chemistry could create such a fun craft for kids?
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