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Fun glow stick ideas for kids

Clearly we think glow sticks are great, but we know you guys do as well. Which is why we’re inviting you to celebrate all that is amazing about glow sticks with us in this article about glow sticks for kids. We adults do love a glow stick or five to wave at a rave or twirl at a festival, but kids get just as much from these simple, yet brilliant glow in the dark beauties, if not more. We’re sure these fun glow stick ideas for kids as will have you and your kids glowing crazy for glow sticks like never before.

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Fun glow stick ideas for kids

Birthday Parties

Kids might like unicorns or mermaids or rockets, but if you want a unique party theme that’s really easy to pull off, try hosting a glow-in-the-dark party. Glow in the dark parties usually suit any child, and all their friends, because kids love a novelty. Activities like glow in the dark bowling and glow in the dark face painting usually go down really well with children.

Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt

Kids love the abundance of chocolate at Easter, but that won’t keep them entertained all day. One great way to take an easter egg hunt indoors – which is useful when the weather is so unpredictable – is to hand out glow in the dark bunny ears to the kids for them to wear, and hide glow in the dark eggs (paper mache works well) for them to find and collect. They could even have made the eggs themselves with you that week, and decorated them with glow in the dark paint, which prolongs the fun of Easter even more.


Glow sticks can be used to illuminate the tent, which may help children nervous of the dark feel more comfortable at night. Because you’re surrounded by the darkness, and torches are quite a strong light, you might want to get the glow sticks out to take children on a glow stick lit walk, to make a game out of finding the way to the toilet, or to play glow in the dark games.

Night Lights

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Some children are nervous when it comes to the night time at home, and a glow stick may be just what they need to enjoy a gentle reassuring glow in their room, hopefully comforting them to sleep.


Your children might not be able to go to a real festival, but they sure will love a mini festival in the garden! Get a couple of hay bales, make some mocktails, give the kids some glow sticks, play some music and have a mini glow stick war! Sounds like fun the adults will be envious of!


Kids have a lot of energy. What better way to burn some of it off than with a mini-rave? Stick on their favourite music, get them to dress up in their best rave gear (of which we are sure there will be some creative interpretations), give them a glow stick and get them moving. Its great exercise for them, it will help tire them out, and they will have tons of fun.

Glow In The Dark Balloons

Kids love throwing balloons around and playing with them, and they also love anything ‘magical’ and glow in the dark. Why not combine the two and put glow sticks into balloons?

Glow Sticks In The Bath

Glow sticks are waterproof so, why not enjoy a glow in the dark bath? They will certainly add a fun element to their usual bath time play. Plus all the celebs are doing it.

Glow Stick Bowling

Glow sticks for kids are meant for games like this! Simply fill some empty pop bottles with glow sticks and arrange them for knocking over. Line the ‘alley’ with glow sticks and then use a glow in the dark ball to knock your glowing pins over. And you can play without novelty shoes!

Glow In The Dark Noughts & Crosses

Noughts and crosses is a brilliant game for kids of all ages to play, and you can play it for free using things like chalk on the concrete in the garden, or just a paper and pen. Another way to add novelty to the game is to play it with glow sticks for kids, as a glow in the dark version. Simply connect sticks into circles, and then have a pile of single sticks to arrange as crosses, and then turn the lights off and play!

Glow Stick Hoopla

multicoloured glow in the dark hoopla game

All you need to play this game is a stick (it could literally be a kitchen towel holder, or you could use one of our mega 12” glow sticks) and then some kids glow sticks made into rings. This is one of those games that easily gets very competitive!

Glow Stick Candy Floss

Glow sticks should never be broken open, and the insides of a glow stick should never be put in the mouth. However, a clean sealed glow stick works perfectly well to make glow in the dark candy floss! Use a candy floss maker to wrap the candy floss around the activated glow stick. It makes the coolest glow in the dark candy floss.

Glow Stick Word Art

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Writing happy birthday with glow sticks on the lawn for your child to come home to, or a birthday message for an evening birthday party is a fun idea. You can also attach them to the wall, they look very cool!

Glow In The Dark Learning

All kids are learning continually but it can be hard to think of fresh ideas to make homework fun. One great way to get them more into learning is to enjoy glow in the dark learning, which makes it a novelty. You could write out glow in the dark maths problems for them to answer with glow sticks, get them to add the missing letter to a word with glow sticks, or get them to spell out words with glow sticks. Glow in the dark learning is much more fun than normal learning!

These are just a few easy glow in the dark ideas of fun things to do with glow sticks for kids. Really a kids glow stick can be anything you want it to be, it is only your imagination stopping your creativity. Just remember to supervise children at all times when they are playing with glow sticks, for safety, and also, so you don’t miss out on the fun!

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