Discovering this has been huge for me. As a blogger, I'm often trying to think up original, unique, messier, more colorful ways to play. My children have helped me bring it back to their level. The less I set up, the more their imagination runs wild! It's such an incredible thing to watch them play, explore, imagine, and create. (And the less I set up, the less there is to clean. WIN/WIN.)
Just because we are keeping it a little more simple doesn't mean we won't be showcasing a ton of great ideas anymore!
This glowing ice we made provided over an hour of fun. That's right I said ice. Just ice. I didn't even include any props. I put down a shower curtain from the Dollar Tree to protect the floor, and I put a few dozen cubes of ice on a tray. That's it.
I made some of the cubes using Glow Water, which we've explored in many ways around here. The other cubes I made were frozen tonic water. I had no idea tonic water glowed until reading about it on Growing a Jeweled Rose. It turns a cool, blue color. It doesn't shine anywhere near as bright as the cubes made from Glow Water, but it's still pretty cool. I like the bright yellow better, but the boys loved seeing differences. (And after playing they wanted me to show them what tonic water is.)
Anytime I make ice for the boys I use these perfect cube ice trays, because they love to use the ice as blocks and stack them. (And, of course, knock them over.)
In the past when we've done activities using Glow Water I've done my best to set the black light up in a place where the boys can't look directly at it, as this is harmful to eyes. They constantly ask to hold it, move it closer, touch it, etc. This time I put it on a tall dresser above where we were playing, and it worked very well as you can see by the photos.