We first discovered the joy of home made glow in the dark sensory play from Fun At Home With Kids. I knew Adam would love it. Fun At Home With Kids tells you how to obtain the vitamin needed to make edible glow in the dark water and gives information about the safety implications. Have a read here. I wanted to test to see whether the same method would work on other materials – such as spaghetti. We created a Glow In The Dark Spaghetti Tuff Spot.
I followed the instructions found at Fun At Home With Kids and added the ingredients along with spaghetti to a pan of boiling water. I cooked the spaghetti for 11 minutes. During the cooking process I turned off the kitchen lights and shone our UV Handheld Backlight onto the pan. It was surreal watching bubbling, glow in the dark water!
I placed our Black Tuff Spot Tray onto our Cosy Direct Tuff Spot Stand and added our Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set. I drained the spaghetti and allowed it to cool. Adam had some macaroni pasta left over from dinner so I poured the glow in the dark water over it before adding it to the Tuff Spot too.
At this point I was still not convinced that the spaghetti would in fact glow in the dark. We turned off the living room lights and were in total darkness. I turned on the UV Handheld Blacklight and the spaghetti did in fact glow! Adam set about testing out our Helping Hands Fine Motor Skill Tool Set on the glow in the dark spaghetti.
As the spaghetti began to cool down further it did stick together in big clumps. However, Adam enjoyed trying to separate the individual strands. Unfortunately my photographs do not do the glow in the dark spaghetti justice. The activity was certainly a hit with Adam.
Although I wouldn’t encourage Adam to eat the spaghetti (we called them worms) the Glow in the Dark Spaghetti is taste safe. Check out Fun At Home With Kids for more information about the safety implications of the activity and for further fantastic glow in the dark play activity ideas.
* Cooked spaghetti
* UV Handheld Backlight
* Black Tuff Spot Tray
* Tuff Spot Stand (from Cosy Direct) – optional
* Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set (optional)
Emma is an Early Years Teacher turned Stay At Home Mum. After discovering a love for Tuff Spots within the classroom, Emma is keen to show other parents how to play with a Tuff Spot at home. She is passionate about easy to make play activities using resources found around the home. Emma can be found blogging about the play activities of her son over on Adventures of Adam.