glowy nightlight

a few weeks ago, decoart was kind enough to send us this awesome package of free art supplies, and among them was glow-in-the-dark paint! of course this was N’s big favorite, so we decided to use it to celebrate with our friend deborah over at teach preschool today, who has reached 20,000 facebook likes! she is seriously stellar – go check out her blog if you don’t already — congrats deborah!

ABC's of Teaching Preschoolers

thank you for inviting us to join you in the ABCs. today N and i are presenting the letter N for Night light! when i asked my N what she wanted to do with the glow paint, she immediately said, “paint rocks!” hmm, okay. why not!? we got all set up with a few big stones.

and painted them with this milky yellow-green paint on both sides.

we also decided that we’d use some of these tiny pebbles as a glowy treat.

we let them dry (and charge up) in the sun.

once dry, we put the pebbles in an adorable tiny honey jar and the stones on the windowsill to soak up some more rays.

then it was the moment of truth — do they glow? we tested it out in our window-less guest bathroom, and YEP! glowy rocks!

pardon the shaky long exposure photo

okay, so maybe not the most useful night lights, as the luminescence isn’t that intense, but they are like magical phosphorescent stones that N is psyched to put on her night stand, next to her real glass-encased glow-in-the-dark jellyfish from the monterey bay aquarium! what kid doesn’t love things that glow?



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  • I am gonna try this!

  • I have yet to get me some of that paint! I really want to get it but I will surely end up painting everything with it!!

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  • I hadn’t heard of this paint before, but I’ll certainly have to check it out!

  • OooooohAhhhhhh … Now that looks interesting. Must see if we have this paint in Oz!
    Donna 🙂 🙂

  • Love glow in the dark anything! I recently bought some glow in the dark paint….maybe we’ll paint some of our rocks we’ve been collecting!

  • Simply Awesome!!!

  • This paint is very clever. I’ve seen several interesting similar samples recently – it’s truly magic!

  • You’re right – who doesn’t like glow-in-the-dark stuff? A really fun idea.

  • Neat!! Now that you’ve reminded us of the glow-in-the-dark paint, I am going to end up painting everything with it (just like Deborah said) until it gets banned from our house (by DH)….like bleach, glue and spray paint :)!

  • Oooooo… alien rocks! How much fun would these be in a ‘Space playscape’! I need to hunt me down some of that there paint! 🙂

  • Pam

    wow! What an interesting experiement! Glow rocks- maybe not great night lights- but what a great soft glow…even better to fall to sleep to!

  • What a cool idea! I’d have never thought of it. That would be cool for a space theme or a cave with flashlights too. I’ve linked up to your post on my weekly favorites here: