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Glow Sticks and Balloons

Glow Sticks and Balloons
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 2y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

Activity Designer

Christen Hanson
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Winter solstice means long hours of indoor activities or finding creative ways to play in the dark.

How We Did It

Glow Sticks and Balloons

While the kids are starting the glow sticks, I start blowing up the balloons. When a balloon is half full of air, we quickly insert a glow stick. This step takes a few trials before we are able to coordinate the operation (imagine balloons zipping all over the place!)

Glow Sticks and Balloons

Once fully inflated and tied off, the balloons are ready for play. My son calls them "twinkle balloons" and enjoys just shaking the glow stick around.  He tosses and kicks the balloons around, his face all aglow.

Glow Sticks and Balloons

We try various balloons, and ultimately find the best outcome with two glow sticks in a white balloon (Yep, those multi-colored glowing orbs started out white. Pretty neat, yes?). With the darkness of wintertime setting in, what do you do with your kids to make the best of the early sunsets? 


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