Mar 4, 2012

Black Light Themed Group Sensory Play

Yesterday I told you all about how I set up for our black light themed group sensory play date.  If you missed that post, you can read all about it here.  Today's post is all about the fun and messy memories that were created during the play date, and the best way to share the fun is with pictures of course!

Black Light Play Date Party
black light party


As soon as we entered the messy play space, Rosie ran right for the Glowing Ball Pit

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All the little ones had a blast playing in the glowing pit throughout the play date!

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Especially the babies! 
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The Glowing Face Painting Station was definitely everyone's favorite! 
glowing face paint blacklight play

 The children loved being able to see themselves paint their own faces!
face painting blacklight play

They also had fun painting each others faces!
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Rosie REALLY liked looking at herself  


The toddlers definitely dug into the Glowing Jello Dig more than they had the previous jello dig. 
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"Look Mommy, Dora!"
blacklight play glowing jello


The Glowing Discovery Bottles were a fun and safe activity for the babies in the group!

blacklight play glowing discovery bottles

 And the toddlers liked them too!


All the children were in awe over the Glowing Water Beads and had a lot of fun swooshing them around with their hands.

glowing water beads

I had mixed a couple submersible LED lights in with the water beads, and all the little ones thought these were so neat!

blacklight play glowing water beads

I actually can't wait to repurpose them and toss them in the bath with Rosie and Jewel!  


One way to make children love bubbles even more... make them GLOW!
make your own glowing bubbles

The children loved chasing and catching them.

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blacklight play glowing bubbles



The Glowing Bubbles were great for the babies and the toddlers.  Jewel loved them!

glowing bubbles


We saved the Glowing GOOP for all the little ones to enjoy together at the end of the play date.  Making the Glowing Goop was an incredible sensory experience in itself.  It was quite a sight and looked a lot like lava while being mixed!

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The little ones were anxious to get in, so I continued to mix the goop as they piled in.

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They ended up helping mix it by stamping around with their feet!




GOOP really is so neat!  It acts a lot like quick sand.

blacklight play glowing goop

 If you walk quickly across the surface, you can walk on it.  However, if you step into it, you will sink, and get stuck.

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(Notice the orange Goop.  I mixed a little orange glow water in while making the GOOP!)


Jewel really LOVED it!!
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Trying to pick it up
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Prior to the play date, my husband and I explored with all four glow waters we had made, and all of them worked great for making GOOP!  I had planned to make a little of all four colors for the children to explore with, but they were so eager to jump in that I ended up primarily using yellow glow water. I did add a little orange at the end, but not enough to do it justice.   So, just to illustrate how well the other colors had worked, here is a picture of the Orange Glowing Goop we made using the orange glow water.


This play date was so much fun!  Now that we have invested in the black lighting for the basement, I am looking forward to continuing to discover new ways to explore with black light.  I look forward to sharing our discoveries with you in the future!  

I also just want to remind everyone that you do not need to fill a room with black light to have fun exploring with it.  Prior to this play date, Rosie and Jewel were exploring with a single black light fixture, and it was more than enough to light a small room.

               
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The other group play dates we have hosted:


Also check out our glowing play collection for lots more fun!

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