One of my most fondest memories of childhood was chasing lightning bugs in the back yard. They were a sure sign that summer had arrived. I’d go out every night and just watch them swirl around in the backyard. I often wondered where they were going. I’d imagine them all on their way to a big bug dance, and they were lighting the way for other bugs that didn’t know the way.
LAVA LAMP ACTIVITY
Lightning bugs are just cool. So are lava lamps and things that glow in the dark. Put them together to find today’s ordinary to extraordinary activity. Today’s project comes from DIY craft projects. CLICK HERE
We do glowing stuff a lot. Here are a few tips to keep this fun activity under budget. Instead of buying a black light, buy just the light bulb (under $5 from Walmart) and install in a lamp.
Other supplies can be purchased at Dollar Tree: hi-lighters, oil or baby oil, and alka seltzer.
The easiest way to get your glow water is to pop the back end off of any highlighter. Then over a bowl pour a little water over the felt inside the marker. Keep squeezing until you get as much of the liquid out of the felt.
The rest of the instructions are pretty clear. Remember to explain why your dye only colors the water and NOT the oil. This is a lesson in density. If you need a recap on why oil and water just won’t mix, here’s a great video that explains it in easy terms.
LIGHT SHOW ACTIVITY
One of our favorite things, which happened by chance, was a music light show. If you’ve ever been to Disneyland, then you have seen the amazing World of Color show. We would pick several of our favorite songs and we’d head to my bedroom right before bed with all kinds of flashlights – large, small, and strobe. With our jammies on, we would flash each of our lights in rhythm to the music. Some songs are so much better than others and they would get a repeat.
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