Glow-in-the-Dark Rice for Kids

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We set out on a mission last week and had lots of fun coming up with all sorts of new play times that glow.
This glow-in-the-dark NEON rice was easy to make and tons of fun!
((Glowing Neon Sand for kids)) HOW COOL!!!  And it's cheaper than play sand & less messy!!
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Materials
Note:  While it isn't needed I do recommend using a black light for this activity.  Glow in the dark paint will glow without one, but a black light really intensifies the glow and produces the best result.  You can use a black light fixture or a black light flashlight; both work great!

Instructions
  • Place 2 cups of rice into a zip-seal bag, using one bag for each color of rice that you wish to make.  
  • Add a hefty squirt of the glowing paint of your choice to each bag- no need to measure. 
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  • Add roughly 2-3 tablespoons of water.  The water makes the paint runny, which helps it to coat the rice while allowing you to also use less paint
  • Seal the bags and then shake, knead, and mix until the rice is fully saturated in color.
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  • Once the rice is saturated you can lay it out on cookie sheets to dry or simply open the zip-seal bags and allow the rice to dry just like that!
HOW COOL!!!  And it's cheaper than play sand & less messy!! ((Glowing Neon Sand for kids))
The rice may clump together a bit as it dries, but that's ok!  You can easily break it apart right inside the bags before pouring the rice into bins for play.
HOW COOL!!!  And it's cheaper than play sand & less messy!! ((Glowing Neon Sand for kids))
HOW COOL!!!  And it's cheaper than play sand & less messy!! ((Glowing Neon Sand for kids))

My girls have had a blast playing and exploring with their neon glowing rice!

HOW COOL!!!  And it's cheaper than play sand & less messy!! ((Glowing Neon Sand for kids))

HOW COOL!!!  And it's cheaper than play sand & less messy!! ((Glowing Neon Sand for kids))
The rice turned out so vibrantly colorful, too!  The glow of the rice illuminated the entire room we were playing in! 

And guess what?  This rainbow rice is fun with the lights on, too!

Tips & Storage:  Store your rice in a jar or container between play times, and it can be used again and again! If you use fluorescent paint your rice will GLOW under a black light.  If you use glow in the dark paint it will glow in the dark, but it will glow better with a black light.  You can find a colorful variety of glow in the dark paints here.  The glowing cups we used can be found here.
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