Adam and I love this time of year. As it is getting dark earlier in the evening, it gives us the perfect opportunity for light play activities. Over the past two years we have created 20 ways to play in the dark. Our latest activity – Night Time Glow In The Dark Bowling – was quick and easy to set up. However, trying to photograph balls speeding across the floor in the dark, deemed impossible.
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Resources needed for Night Time Glow In The Dark Bowling
* Eight Plastic Air Flow Balls (ours were purchased from PoundLand)
* One packet of Glow Sticks
How to make Night Time Glow In The Dark Bowling
1) Bend and crack a Glow Stick until it illuminates.
2) Insert the Glow Stick into a hole of the plastic ball.
3) Push the rest of Glow Stick into the ball and slot the end behind the plastic.
4) Repeat the process with the rest of the Air Flow balls.
5) If you have any left over Glow Sticks then you can add two Glow Sticks in each ball.
How To Play Night Time Glow In The Dark Bowling
Throughout the session we created several different ways to play with the Glow In The Dark Balls. At first Adam wanted to roll the balls to me across the living room floor. This activity in itself was captivating to watch. The coloured balls kept whizzing along the floor.
Next we tried some bowling. I placed a glow in the dark ball in the middle of the floor and Adam had to attempt to hit the ball. The activity was great for developing Adam’s gross motor skills. Finally we explored spinning the glow in the dark balls. We attempted to get all eight balls spinning at once.
After exploring the glow in the dark balls it was bath time. Adam has had several glow stick baths in the past so I decided to place the Glow In The Dark Balls with him in the water. Although the balls didn’t float, Adam had a brilliant time dropping them into bath, rolling the balls down the bath tub and swishing them around the water.
Playing in the dark with glowing balls was a wonderful sensory experience. It was a perfect pre-bed time activity. We are looking forward to creating more light play activities.
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