Glow-in-the-Dark Aqua Sand

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Have your kids ever played with aqua sand?
It is super fun, and you can easily make it at home!  Today, we tried to make aqua sand in a new way, and the results were so cool!

FUN KID PROJECT: Make glow-in-the-dark aqua sand! #glowinthedarkactivities #glowinthedarksand #aquasand #aquasandrecipe #aquasanddiy #playrecipesforkids

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My kids LOVE things that glow-in-the-dark, so I knew that they would love this glow-in-the-dark aqua sand

What is Aqua Sand
Aqua sand is a water resistant sand that allows kids to build underwater castles & sculptures.  How cool is that??  Read on to see how we successfully made glowing aqua sand!

Glowing Aqua Sand

Materials

Note:  For the best effect you will want to use a blacklight for this activity. My girls love using these super cool flashlights.  We also have a blacklight fixture that we often use.  I also recommend these uv-safety glasses.  My girls love wearing them, and they will protect kids eyes if (or shall we say when) they shine the lights at each other. 

Method
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  • Slowly add more fabric protector & mix until the sand is fully saturated.
  • Then, allow the sand to dry.  
  • In roughly an hour you will have water resistant, glowing sand!
  • Pour the sand into containers, and the fun can begin!
Glowing Sand Play
My girls were so excited to jump in & make glowing, underwater sand castles!
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As they pored the sand into the aquarium of water they stared in awe, marveling as glowing sculptures formed.
FUN KID PROJECT: Make glow-in-the-dark aqua sand! #glowinthedarkactivities #glowinthedarksand #aquasand #aquasandrecipe #aquasanddiy #playrecipesforkids
The glowing sand was truly mesmerizing, and the creations made breathtaking!  
FUN KID PROJECT: Make glow-in-the-dark aqua sand! #glowinthedarkactivities #glowinthedarksand #aquasand #aquasandrecipe #aquasanddiy #playrecipesforkids
My girls played & played, building castle after castle!  This is one activity that we just can't wait to do again!
Tips & Storage:
  • The glow-in-the-dark sand that we used for this activity can be purchased on Amazon here.
  • Fabric protector can be purchased online here.
  • When playtime is over scoop the sand from the water and lay it out so that the water surrounding the sand dries.  
  • The sand itself  should already be dry.
  • Once dry store your aqua sand in containers, and it can be used again & again!
  • If your sand does not work properly after a few play times you can re-spray it with fabric protector to restore it. Ours worked fine for about 5 play times, and then we had to restore the sand by spraying it again.
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Make your own colored sand- so easy and so much cheaper than the store bought stuff!  Only 2 ingredients!
STICKY SAND: Mold it, build it, & CONTAIN IT! This sand acts wet, but it isn't! It sticks together well, but it does not stick to skin. My kids love this stuff, and I love the less-messy alternative to traditional play sand!
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