Glowing Bath Play Ideas

May 02, 2012
While we loved our Glowing Outer Space bath, some people expressed concern for the safety of using the glow water in this way.  So, if adding the traditional glow water directly to your child's bath water makes you a little uneasy, here are a few alternative ways that we have made bath time GLOW!

Glowing Bath Play Ideas

Use tonic water in place of highlighter water to make kids bath water GLOW

 Tonic water makes kids bath water glow a COOL blue.  It is 100% safe.  No harmful chemicals.  No highlighters.  Just a safe, edible beverage found at almost any grocery store.  You can use regular or diet variety.  Neither will make the water sticky.  It will feel exactly like plain old water only it GLOWS!  We used one 2 liter of tonic, and our water glowed insanely bright.  Just add the tonic right to the tub as you are filling the bath

Then flip the lights off and the blacklight on.  Easy peasy and SO FUN!  My girls always have a blast when we make their bath glow.  If you don't have a blacklight they are very inexpensive, and there are tons of ways to play with them.  You can get the one we use online here.

You could also use tonic to make an  outer space bath.  I added submersible lights, glow in the dark stars and planets, and fun space paint to make this bath time one that was truly out of this world.

glowing bath water Outer Space bath

Make submersible bath lights
You can use tonic water or traditional glow water to make these.   Just fill an empty, seal-able container with glow water, or peel the label right off a a bottle of tonic, and you are ready to PLAY.  You can also use RAINBOW glowing water to make a variety of glowing bath light colors or use glow in the dark paint to make glow in the dark GLOWING lights using the rainbow water recipe.  The glow in the dark variety would be tons of fun for the pool!

Rosie was really captivated by the GLOW light- it lit the room much more than the submersible LED lights we have bought.  

 After the kids are done playing with the submersible lights you can use the glow water for so many other fun things.  Check out the blacklight themed play date I recently hosted for ideas. 

Go diving for lost treasure  
We used tonic water to give this bath beautiful glow.  I hid glowing treasures under a blanket of illuminating bubbles, and Rosie had a blast pretending to be a deep sea diver as she found the treasure.  So magical and fun!

Make a glowing water balloon bath 

Another great way to have fun with glow water or tonic water at bath is to fill balloons with it.  To fill the balloons we used a two liter bottle.  We secured the balloon to the lip of the bottle, then flipped the bottle upside down.   I held the balloon in place, while my husband squeezed the bottle.   Then, we simply pulled the balloon off, and tied it.  Very easy.  

The tonic filled balloons were the girls favorite.  Rosie loved chasing the glowing balloons and shaking them to make them fizz.  What could be more fun than chasing slippery glowing balloons around at bath time?  Popping them right before the play time is over!

Oh my, was this fun! We popped all the balloons one by one, and Rosie had a blast painting the walls with her glowing fountains. After, the bath water and walls looked incredible!
One other FUN way we have made bath time glow was with glowing homemade bath paint

Please note- after these bath play times children should be given a proper bath for getting clean. Always supervise young children around balloons and water in general, not just glow water. Rosie and Jewel are always closely monitored during play times like this.

All the mess from these play times washed straight down the drain. They did not stain the bath or skin. Also note- you do need a blacklight for these play ideas. We got ours online here. There is also a wide variety available online here. We use our blacklight all the time. Visit our glowing play collection for TONS of ways to play with a blacklight.
Other Glowing Activities you Might Enjoy:

Glowing Rainbow Water             Glowing Science - rainbow eruptions

More About the Author

Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!