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Glow in the Dark Playdough

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Glow in the Dark Playdough
Glow in the Dark Playdough
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Ready for a fun craft you can make with your kids? This Glow in the Dark Playdough will make your kids go nuts when they start making it for themselves. Glow in the dark crafts are always fun, and this playdough craft is no exception. This science experiment craft can show them just how fun and easy making glow in the dark crafts can be. Plus, this is the perfect playdough craft for younger children as well since none of the ingredients are toxic to the children!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour


Age GroupPreschool & Kindergarten, Elementary School

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons of glow medium
  • Glitter (optional)

Glow in the Dark Playdough

How to Make Glow in the Dark Playdough Instructions

  1. Add your vegetable oil to your hot water. Mix in your food coloring and glow medium.

    Tip: The more glow medium you add the stronger your playdough with glow in the dark. 

  2. Stir up your flour, salt, and cream of tartar. Mix that together well. 

  3. Add your liquid mixture to your dry mixture and stir well. Add in glitter if you would like to use some at this point. If needed add more flower and continue to stir. 

  4. Dump your playdough out on a non-stick surface and begin kneading it. Continue to add flour in small amounts until the dough is no longer overly sticky. 

  5. Continue to knead the dough until it is the texture you want. 

    To Store: this playdough can keep for months as long as you store it in an airtight ziptop bag. 

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What! Glow in the dark play dough and natural ingredients what a super idea and most of the ingredients you already have in the kitchen. Kids love playdough and this would be a good project to let them do themselves since it is super easy to make. Nice project.

Wow, I never knew you could make glow in the dark playdough. I'm sure kids would love to work with this material. Thanks for the video tutorial!

Whoa! I used to love playdough as a kid and I definitely would have liked it even better if it glowed. I wonder how that works!


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