Summer Camp: 10 Awesome Glow Stick Ideas

Summer Camp begins today! We are excited to share some amazing summertime ideas and projects for kids from our talented
 Summer Camp Counselors! 
10 Fabulous Glow Stick Ideas for some summer time fun!!
Who doesn’t love glow sticks? Kids of all ages (including me) enjoy playing and lighting up the night with fun glow-in-the-dark sticks. They provide hours of endless entertainment. I’m sharing 10 awesome glow stick ideas to create summer fun with kids.
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Cotton Candy Glow Stick!
Two favorites together: cotton candy on a glow stick.
 Glow stick word art.
A simple and easy activity using connectors and glow sticks. Kids can create 3-D creations or words. Make it fun and have a spelling game with your kids.
Glowing Foam Target.
Glow stick foam target complete with rocket launcher makes for fun target practise. The bright colored “blob” is the foam rocket (with glow sticks) about to enter the target.
Directions: The large target takes 3 foam noodles to make. Duct tape 2 foam noodles together to make a circle and duct tape one foam noodle to the bottom of the circle for the stand. Re-bar is hammered into the ground with the hollow foam noodle placed over it. This keeps the target upright. The small target takes two foam noodles.
Each glow stick necklace packages comes with connectors. Connect enough glow stick necklaces to attach to the circumference of the target. Use zip ties to attach glow sticks.
 Foam rocket pump launcher purchased at the $ store. Attach glow sticks to foam rocket with zip ties
Glowing Hula Hoop:
My cutie patootie niece having a good go at the glow stick hula hoop. Use connectors to make several glow sticks long enough to go around the hoop. Attach to the hula hoop with zip ties.
Glow stick net toss ball:
Net toss ball is easy and fun to do with glow sticks.  I used zip ties to attach glow sticks to the outer edge of the net. I cut a glow stick open with scissors and poured the glow stick liquid onto the foam ball. The glow stick package states it is non toxic. Use your own judgment.
Net toss ball set purchased at the Dollar Store.
 TWISTER Glow Light Stick Bracelets

So many creative ways to use glow stick twisters.

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Balloons and glow sticks are double the fun!
balloons half way and quickly slide 2-3 glow sticks inside while tightly
holding the neck of the balloon. These white balloons with glow
sticks inside turn the balloon various colors.

Glow stick Slip ‘N Slide. 
Glow sticks were used to create an outline for the Slip ‘N Slide.


Foam noodles make simple arches to hold the glow sticks. Duct tape is an easy way to attach noodles to each other. The skinny cardboard tube the glow sticks came in were used as the “stakes” for the foam noodles. Hammer the cardboard “stakes” in the ground and place the hollow foam noodles over the “stake”. The stakes ended up being about 8 inches tall. Use zip ties to attach glow sticks to the foam arches.

Place a jump rope into a large cup withe the handles outside the cup. Cut open a glow stick and pour contents over the jump rope (depending on glow stick size you might need 3-4). This jump rope was purchased at the Dollar Store and is made out of a cotton-type material. The glow sticks I used are non-toxic.  Use your own personal judgment when using chemicals. It is a little stinky but sure fun to jump rope in the dark. I’m not sure if it stains…

Place glow sticks inside water bottles to create a ring toss game. Use connectors (included with glow sticks) to connect glow sticks to create a ring. Duct tape a couple of rings together to create more “substance” for a good toss.

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10 awesome glow stick ideas for kids! Design Dazzle #glowsticks

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Posted on June 12, 2012
Categories: all about design dazzle, crafting with kids, creative ideas, diy tutorials & creative ideas, holiday awesomeness, summer camp, summer camp, toni's projects, ideas and tips

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  1. Anonymous says:
    June 12, 2012

    These are also helpful finding the dog. We were having a cookout with a fire pit in the back of the house and my son put some around the dog's neck. We did not trip over the dog once! LOL.

  2. says:
    June 12, 2012

    That is a great idea for pets!!

  3. David Wells says:
    October 3, 2012

    Kids absolutely love glow stick now you have made it all the more fun for them by these innovative ideas.
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  4. says:
    October 12, 2012

    Yes it is so fun for kids! Thank you for your comment!

  5. Amanda Oulton says:
    May 22, 2013

    While the glow sticks are generally non-toxic, it’s good to remember that many use thin glass tubes to separate the two chemicals until you crack it. Use your own judgement but I can say firsthand that those slivers can really irritate the skin.

  6. Hi, Toni!! My kids and I have sure enjoyed your Summer Camp posts!! Stopping by to let you know that I’ve featured a your awesome glow stick ideas in a blog post today of my favorite Summer Fun pins!!
    Thanks for sharing!! Have a terrific Summer!! 🙂

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      June 6, 2013

      Brenda – Thank you so much! So glad you like our Summer Camp. I have some very talented friends : ) Thanks for sharing.

  7. TJ says:
    July 22, 2013

    Love these glow stick ideas!
    Just one safety tip – if the liquid from inside the sticks gets into eyes it is very, very painful and takes a lot of rinsing to get out. A suggestion from my eyeballs, to yours… sub a small glow balloon in place of the ball for the net toss and try the jump ropes that are made of plastic tubing rather than rope.
    Fun stuff, thanks!

  8. Suz says:
    May 17, 2014

    Love these ideas. I’ve linked to your post in my summer round up x

  9. Kimberly says:
    June 9, 2014

    These are great ideas. I might use them for my brothers birthday hes gonna be 15 and its going to kind of a glow party. Im only 12 but im in charge of decoration i mght even use some for my birthday party thank you so much for these great ideas. Its just that some glow sticks i use are toxic but ill find some that are not another thing u can do is put glow stick in bubbles and you make glow in the dark bubbles!!! Yay

  10. Keira Martins says:
    August 17, 2014

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful ideas, it was nice reading your blogpost

  11. Gillian says:
    September 16, 2014

    We used glow sticks this summer as reassuring night lights for our daughter when camping. Just that bit of light was comforting and we didn’t have to run down batteries!

  12. Naomi says:
    February 3, 2015

    I absolutely love these glow stick ideas since I don’t have any black lights. I am hosting a sleepover for 5 other friends soon and I wanted to make this one awesome and do everything glow and have a glow party with it. Another thing you could do is buy the hanging glow stick and tie string around the couch, chairs, or tables and crack them when it gets dark. Super cool ideas.

  13. AN says:
    March 7, 2015

    Can I ask something? How did you do the picture with the hula hoop? It looks very cool. Please answer. THANK YOU ^_^

    • Toni - Design Dazzle says:
      March 9, 2015

      Connect the glow sticks together and attach to the hula hoop with zip ties.

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