Sometimes play activities do not always go to plan. Your child may not play with an item the way you originally intended or the resources may not work as you thought they would. You learn to adapt your play activity quickly to suit the circumstances. Our Glow In The Dark Spider Web Tuff Spot certainly didn’t go to plan and I needed to adapt it quickly.
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In my head the activity went like this: I’d paint a spider web on our black Tuff Spot using Glow In The Dark Paint. This would be clearly visible when I turned the light off. Adam would then play with large glow in the dark spiders.
In reality my glow in the dark paint turned out to be Neon & Glow Acrylic Paint. Five of the containers were neon paint and only one was glow in the dark paint. So I used the yellow neon paint to create the spider web outline and painted a thin line on top using the glow in the dark paint. I placed three large glow in the dark spiders and 10 smaller glow in the dark spiders in the Tuff Spot, shut the curtains and turned off the light. The result – nothing. We could see nothing. I quickly had to come up with plan B.
I remembered we had 20 glow sticks in the cupboard so I used them to outline the spider web. This added just enough light in order for Adam to be able to see the spiders and he spent a while playing with them.
As he was playing I also added 10 glow in the dark witches fingers to the Tuff Spot. I hadn’t expected Adam to like the witches fingers as in the past he has been reluctant to put things onto his fingers. However, he loved them and spent ages trying to pick up the spiders using his long fingers. Unfortunately these also didn’t glow in the dark enough to be able to see them with the lights turned off.
By now Adam had seen my stash of Halloween items and started to raid my cupboard. He took out the gruesome eye ping pong balls and a black straw and decided to try and blow the eyes around the Tuff Spot. He obviously remembered our recent Halloween Straw Race activity!
All wasn’t lost though. We took our glow sticks and (not-so) glow in the dark spiders and placed them in the bath. Adam had a wonderful bath time and wasn’t aware what so ever that our glow in the dark Tuff Spot hadn’t worked.
From now on I think we will be sticking to Neon activities rather than Glow In The Dark ones!
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