How do you make glow in the dark slime? This week we tackled this slime making challenge to bring you a cool glow slime recipe kids will love. We used our super easy basic saline solution recipe and added a glow powder for some super glowing slime that doesn’t even need a black light. Making slime is an awesome activity for kids!
HOW TO MAKE GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME!
If you have been wanting to make DIY glow in the dark slime, now’s the perfect time because we have the perfect glowing slime recipe to share with you. You do need a special powder to add to your slime recipe, but you don’t need a black light.
This slime just needs to charge in the sun for a bit! I will tell you that we tried glow in the dark paint from the craft store, and while it worked a little bit, we definitely didn’t get the cool glow like we did from using the powder. If you are going to make and take your slime into a dark room, I highly suggest keeping it on a tray to avoid getting it on furniture, bedding, or rugs!
WHAT MAKES SLIME GLOW IN THE DARK?
The glow in the powder is from phosphorescent crystals. This powder absorbs light and then gives off the lovely glow over a length of time (before needing to be recharged). This glow occurs when electrons absorb energy from light, so make sure to find a sunny place.
When you play with your glow in the dark slime is a dark place, these same electrons produce a glow which is energy in the form of light we can see. There isn’t a chemical reaction that occurs except for the slime making process.
You might also like our color changing sun activated slime recipe!
GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME RECIPE
This glowing slime uses just three ingredients which are saline solution, baking soda, and clear glue. Now if you don’t want to use saline solution, you can absolutely test out one of our other basic slime recipes using liquid starch or borax powder.
GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME INGREDIENTS:
- 1/2 cup Clear Washable PVA School Glue
- Saline Solution (must contain sodium borate and boric acid as ingredients)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 tablespoon glow powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
HOW TO MAKE GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME
STEP 1. Add 1/2 cup of clear washable PVA school glue to a bowl.
STEP 2. Add 1/2 cup of water to the glue and mix well.
STEP 3. Stir in the baking soda (adds firmness to the slime).
STEP 4. Add the glow powder and mix well.
STEP 5. Next add 1 tablespoon of saline solution (slime activator) and stir the slime well until it pulls away easily from sides and bottom of bowl!
If your slime is still too sticky, add a few more drops of saline solution.
STEP 6: Knead the slime for a few minutes until it becomes very stretchy.
TIP: Once you have thoroughly mixed slime with a spoon, sprinkle a few drops of saline solution on your hands. Now you can easily knead your glowing slime either in the bowl or out of the bowl for a few minutes. It will be very stretchy!
Slime can get messy! Click here for how to get slime out of clothes.
STORING YOUR GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME
Slime can last quite a while! I get a lot of questions regarding how I store my slime. We use reusable containers in either plastic or glass. Make sure to keep your slime clean and it will last for several weeks.
If you want to send kids home with a bit of slime from a camp, party, or classroom project, I would suggest packages of reusable containers from the dollar store or grocery store or even Amazon. For large groups we have used condiment containers.
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HOW TO MAKE GLOW IN THE DARK SLIME
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