If you are anything like me, you’re always searching for something new and entertaining for your children to explore and play with. I was over the electronics, I was over the super messy crafts, and I was really concentrating on finding something creative and exciting that I knew my child would be over the moon for. I was beyond ecstatic when I discovered this Glow in the Dark Search and Find Bottle.
It combines the use of several of your child’s senses to be fun, engaging and rewarding as well. Children love the texture of playing with rice, and then adding the element to make it glow in the dark? Get outta here! No one can deny how much fun having ANYTHING glow in the dark is. There’s just something about it that continues to intrigue us even as we age!
But that’s not all! Combining the glow in the dark rice with the search and find bottle makes it so your kids will be looking out and about at everything under the starry sky! They will spend hours loving their new creation. It seriously is the perfect summertime outdoor craft!
To make glow in the dark rice:
- Hand sanitizer, 1 tablespoon
- 1 cup of rice; uncooked
- 1 teaspoon of glow in the dark pigment; I used blue
- Zipper seal baggie
- Place uncooked rice in a zipper seal bag
- Add hand sanitizer and shake well
- Add glow in the dark pigment and shake until the rice is evenly coated
- Pour onto newspaper, paper towels, etc and allow to dry for 45 minutes
- 3 coffee filters
- Paper Towel Roll
- Glow in the dark rice (use directions above to make this)
- ⅞” Rainbow Ribbon
- Cut a section of the paper towel roll to fit the width of the ribbon
- Wrap the ribbon around the section of the paper towel roll and glue it on
- Cut it in half
- Begin layering rice and toobs planes into the bottle
- Make clouds by rolling up the coffee filters into balls, add these in layers with the rice, ribbon rainbows and toob toys
- As the bottle fills up, secure the lid
- Turn off the lights for a glow in the dark sensory experience, or the bottle can be used as a find it style toy in the daylight hours.
We love to put these in the diaper bag to keep the kids busy while eating out or waiting at a doctors office. They are also super fun to bring in your kids room before bed and try to find all the items in the bottle while they glow. There are so many fun uses for search and find bottles what is your favorite use for them?
Looking for more kids sensory ideas? Head over to my Pinterest board where you will find more search and find bottles, sensory bins, slime recipes, and much more. Plenty to keep your kiddos busy playing!