Lately I’ve noticed that Little Miss F. is starting to splash more in the bathtub. Now splashing is fine with me -- it is great sensory exploration. However, we cannot flood the bathroom. I knew I needed to change some things up because I think LMF was getting a bit bored of the same rotation of bath toys. So, the other night I decided to change up our bath time routine and add something completely new to Little Miss F. --
Needless to say, the glow stick bath party was amazing hit! LMF LOVED them! I did too. It was fun to give LMF a bath in the dark with only the glow of the sticks!
We began our bath time routine as usual. After dinner, I readied LMF’s bath. Bringing her into the bathroom, I showed her the packages of the glow sticks and took a yellow one out to break in front of her. Immediately she extended her hand reaching out to take the glow stick. She was delighted (and so was I!).
I feel like there is something very Star Wars about this photo.
I prefer the baton style glow sticks. I know there are smaller ones, but I like that these were bigger. LMF didn’t try to put them in her mouth, I am not sure the same would be said if I used the smaller versions.
I intentionally used a variety of colors of glow sticks. I wanted to offer this as a color exploration opportunity. I did not get any photos of this, but I also picked up the sticks and waved them, crossing to sticks to create a blur of colors for LFM’s enjoyment.
I usually buy my glow sticks at the dollar store. They typically cost $1.00 a stick. Which is really reasonable. I like to keep a small stockpile in the supply closet in case of a black out. I didn’t realize some of the glowsticks would have writing wrapped around them. Now I know how to read my glowstick packaging better!
Also, the people at Knowledge Weighs Nothing advise that you can ‘recharge’ or ‘pause’ your glow sticks by putting them in the freezer. I have not yet tried this, but I am looking forward to seeing if it works! They suggest putting the glow sticks in the freezer while they are still glowing. That would be great. I totally forgot about this post on the night when we played with our glow sticks. Instead we put the used glow sticks in a bag with a note saying, “Please enjoy!” and hung them up on a post outside with the garbage (it was a city pick up the next day). The bag and the glow sticks were not there in the AM so I am hopeful someone else got some fun use out of sticks!
I was inspired by the Melbourne, “Reggio-Inspired Mumma,” Sonya Nedovic’s Instagram account. She posted a fabulous photo of ‘glow water’ sensory play, using glow sticks.
Also, Asia from Fun at Home with the Kids has an amazing idea for edible glow water that she’s used for bath time. It requires a blacklight, which I do not yet have, but it is definitely on my list of things to do and explore with LMF!
Looking for a way to spice up your bath time routine with your children? Try glow sticks! Do you have any suggestions for how you like to change up your child’s bath time routines? Please share!
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