Glow Slime Exploration Activity

Excavating the Galaxy with Glow-in-the-Dark Slime: A Fun and Educational Science Activity for Kids!


Are you ready to explore the exciting world of glow-in-the-dark slime? In this post, we'll show you how to create a fun and educational excavation activity using a homemade slime recipe that glows in the dark.
With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a unique slime texture that is perfect for hiding objects and encouraging hands-on learning. Get ready to delve into the wonders of glow-in-the-dark slime!
Join us for a fun and easy science experiment that will have your kids exploring and investigating the wonders of glow-in-the-dark slime. This sensory activity is sure to delight little ones, and the unique texture of the glow-in-the-dark slime makes it perfect for space-themed lessons or activities.

The Importance of Learning About Things That Glow: Engaging Kids in Science Exploration


Understanding the science behind things that glow can be fascinating and engaging for kids of all ages. Whether it's the bioluminescence of sea creatures, the fluorescence of certain minerals, or the glowing properties of radioactive elements, there are countless examples of glow-in-the-dark phenomena in the natural world.


By exploring and learning about these phenomena, kids can develop a deeper appreciation for the wonders of science and the natural world around them. Additionally, learning about things that glow can help kids understand important concepts like energy, light, and chemical reactions.


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Four Natural Things That Glow: A Fun Exploration for Kids


  1. Fireflies - These insects create their own bioluminescent light to attract mates and communicate with each other.
  2. Bioluminescent plankton - Some types of plankton emit a glowing blue light when they are disturbed, creating beautiful glowing trails in the ocean.
  3. Glowworms - The larvae of certain species of beetles and flies, glowworms create a soft glow to attract prey or mates.
  4. Minerals - Some minerals, such as fluorite or calcite, will fluoresce or glow under UV light.

Creating Glow in the Dark Slime: Materials and Step-by-Step Guide


To make our glow in the dark slime for this exciting excavation activity, we'll need just a few simple ingredients and some fun tools to mix and experiment with. In this section, we'll guide you through the materials you'll need and the steps to create your own vibrant, glowing slime that's perfect for sensory play and space-themed exploration.


  • Liquid starch
  • Clear glue
  • Green food coloring
  • Glow in the dark powder
  •  Items to excavate. I love using little plastic aliens and other space themed items. Small items that glow are also fun additions to the glow slime exploration excavation!


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  1. Pour ¼ cup of the liquid starch into a bowl.
  2. Mix in a ½ tsp of the glow in the dark powder.
  3. Add a drop or two of green food coloring of desired.
  4. Now add ¼ cup of clear glue.
  5. Continue mixing until slime forms. You may also want to pour the mixture into a ziplock bag and squish the ingredients together until slime is formed.
  6. Add your excavation items. 
  7. You can charge the slime with any light, flashlight, or black light.
  8. Take the glow in the dark slime into a darkened space and enjoy discovering the items you have hidden in the the glowing concoction.



Glowing Excavation Fun: Toys and Items to Add to Your Glow in the Dark Slime Activity


Here are some fun items and toys that glow that would work great in this excavation activity:


  1. Glow sticks
  2. Glow-in-the-dark stars and planets
  3. Glow-in-the-dark insects and bugs
  4. Glow-in-the-dark dinosaur toys
  5. Glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls
  6. Glow-in-the-dark bracelets, beads, and necklaces



I hope you enjoyed this super quick tutorial and enjoyed creating your own glow in the dark slime to investigate and explore. This glow slime exploration excavation is very easy to make and a lot of fun. Be sure to check out Super Simple Slime post for more slime related excavation activities. 
Pro tip: Use this activity to create some excitement around discussions or lessons regarding planets, stars, outer space and more!