Glow in the Dark NEON Rice Recipe

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!

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Glow in the Dark NEON Rice 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 you wish to make.  
  • Add about a tablespoon of the glowing paint of your choice. 
  • Add roughly 2-3 tablespoons of water.  The water makes the paint runny, which helps it coat the rice while allowing you to also use less paint
  • Seal the bag and then shake, knead, and mix until the rice is evenly coated.  Rosie loves helping with this part.  Then lay the rice out to dry on a cookie sheet or similar container.
  • That's it!  Once the rice is dry pour it into a sensory bin or container, and the play can begin!
How to make glow in the dark NEON rice for play & learning activities- SO FUN!

I placed the rice in a container with a few glowing cups and glow sticks to add to the fun!

How to make glow in the dark NEON rice for play & learning activities- SO FUN!

My girls had a blast playing and exploring with the glowing rice!

How to make glow in the dark NEON rice for play & learning activities- SO FUN!


We eventually added animals and other toys, and they found lots of fun ways to play and explore


How to make glow in the dark NEON rice for play & learning activities- SO FUN!

The rice turned out so vibrantly colorful and fun

How to make glow in the dark NEON rice for play & learning activities- SO FUN!

The best part about this rainbow rice is that it is not just fun in the dark.   It is fun with the lights on, too!

Rainbow rice that glows

Just look at how beautiful and vibrant it is!


Here are the paints we use.   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.

Instead of making plain old rainbow rice why not make GLOWING rice and have the whole room aglow?   Explore and play both ways or save the GLOWING aspect for an added element of fun here and there.  Either way, I know we will be playing with our GLOWING rainbow rice quite often!
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Other activities to try:

Make your own glow in the dark FLOAM.  Only a few ingredients needed!  This is SO COOL!

Make your own glow in the dark sand for sensory play, arts and crafts, glow in the dark sand art, magic melting sand art, and MORE!  So easy to make and so many ways to play!

Make your own glow in the dark glitter using only TWO ingredients- how fun!
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