Brighten Up The Winter Solstice With Glow Games

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Long winter nights are no fun in the dark - but you can spice it up for you and your kids with a bit of light and imaginiation. Here's how you can bust out some Glow Play and make winter more exciting for your kids.

You don’t have to be super crafty to have a Glow Play Day. All you need is a stash of glow sticks or glow bracelets/necklaces, some darkness and your imagination.

Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial for setting up your at-home glowing bowling alley, but I’ll cut to the chase:

  • Get some bottled water.

  • Take the labels off.

  • Insert one glow stick into each bottle.

  • Put the caps back on.

  • Line them up like bowling pins.

  • Grab a ball (a soccer ball, a basketball, whatever you have).

  • Turn off the lights.

  • Bowl.

Glowy Ring Toss

Use glow necklaces as the rings (or 2-3 glow bracelets hooked together). If you don’t already have a ring toss game, simply find something around the house to toss the rings around. (Hey, one of those water bottles from your bowling set would work nicely.)

Glow Stick Hula-Hoop

Attach as many glow necklaces as necessary into one large hoop, tape or zip-tie it to your regular hula hoop, and get your hula on.

Glow Stick Tic-Tac-Toe

Use connected, straightened out glow necklaces to create the lines for the board. Rather than playing with Xs and Os, everyone uses Os (glow bracelets), but each player has their own colour. Here’s what it will look like when it’s all set up.

End with a Glow Bath

Fill up the tub, turn off the lights and throw a bunch of glow sticks in the water. If your kid loves baths, you are a hero. If your kid doesn’t love baths, this might be one time you don’t have to wrestle them into the tub.


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