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Fun Things to do with Glow Sticks

Updated on June 23, 2012
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Glow sticks are TONS of fun! In this hub you will learn lots of different, fun and unexpected ways to use glow sticks but first, have you ever wondered what causes a glow stick to glow? The glow is actually made from the mixing of two different chemicals inside the stick. One chemical is inside a very thin glass tube and the other is on the outside of the glass tube. When you bend the glow stick to activate the color, you are actually breaking the glass tube inside and allowing the two chemicals to mix. Once you bend the tube, start shaking it so you can mix the two chemicals thoroughly to get the best glow possible. This glow should last you a good 8 hours.

Much to my amazement, the chemicals used to make this light source are non-toxic. If by accident you bent the stick too much and the chemical inside started to leak out, just be sure to wash off your skin thoroughly because it can cause minor skin rash. Because the liquid continues to glow, even outside of the tube, I've heard of people busting them open to put the liquid on a t-shirt for a splotchy glowing effect but the liquid has very small shards of glass in it, so it probably isn't a good idea to do something like this and I sure wouldn't want that stuff in my mouth.

Since glow sticks are safe to use and because of my recent fascination with glow them, I've gathered LOTS of really neat uses for them and I have to say, some of these ideas are pretty awesome!

glow sticks in the bath!
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Take a Glowing Bath

Crack a few glow sticks to start the glow, throw them into the tub and start running the water. Shut the door, turn the light out and jump in. The glow sticks will be brighter than you think. You will be bathing in a spectacular glowing tub of water and this makes the bathroom into a beautiful glowing and relaxing atmosphere. You can even mix glow stick colors to make the glow a different color, like red and blue will make it glow purple according to Happy Home Fairy. Visit the link for more ideas. This activity is a good one and very popular for kids but I have to admit, I would love to give this one a try myself :) Oh, don't forget the bubbles!

Taking a picture while spelling "love"  with glow sticks.
Taking a picture while spelling "love" with glow sticks. | Source
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glow sticks making a spiral in a photo | Source

Glow Stick Photography

With a regular digital camera, you can use glow sticks to take some very cool pictures! Have a friend or one of the kids spell their name in the dark with a glow stick. As they start, take a picture at the lowest shutter speed. It may take a little practice but you will be amazed when you see the glowing name in the photo. Do the same thing with shapes or whatever you want.. just be sure the camera is at the lowest shutter speed. Although you can still capture some cool pics with the light on, in the dark it's even better!

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Glow Stick Games

Glowing Frisbee- After you have activated the glow, tape a glow stick necklace (without connector) directly in the middle of the Frisbee. Now you have a neon Frisbee to play with after dark!

Hide and Seek with Glow Sticks- The number of glow sticks you need depends on the number of people playing. Someone has to hide all the glow sticks in various places in the house. Then turn the light out and everyone goes to find the hidden glow sticks. This is a super fun activity for the kids!

Glow Stick Soccer- Tape some glow sticks firmly around a plastic ball.. Now give each team a certain color of glow sticks. For example, one team gets red and the other blue. Have each member wear their glow sticks. Go out to a dark field at night and play some socker or whatever game you like... using the glowing ball.

Glow Stick Tag- Have each player tie a glow stick loosely to their belt loop or some part of clothing. The person tagging people has to catch everyone and jerk the glow stick off of them. The last person with the glow stick on is the winner.

Glow Stick Scavenger Hunt- Similar to hide and seek above, this would be fun to do outside, too. Hide several glow sticks. Now everybody goes to look for the glow sticks. The person who found the most, wins a prize or you can add a star to one of the glow sticks and who ever finds the glow stick with the lucky star wins a prize.

glow stick inside balloons
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glow stick lantern | Source
glowing drinks!
glowing drinks! | Source
glow sticks in a swimming pool!
glow sticks in a swimming pool! | Source
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glowing mushrooms | Source
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centerpiece using glow sticks | Source

Glow Stick Party Décor

Are you planning on having a party at night? At your next night party you can:

Kids Slumber Parties:

  • Put glow sticks inside balloons and scatter them around the room for d├ęcor, hang them from the ceiling or play with glowing balloons! Go to A Little Learning for Two for more ideas.
  • Tape some glow sticks to the ceiling fan for a neat light show!
  • Make a pretty, glowing lantern out of any clear jar by cutting the end of the glow stick off and pour the contents in and shake it around. If you add water the glow will last longer. Place these all around the room. I saw this at Lil Blue Boo!
  • Spray any sized jar with frosted spray paint and then add some glow sticks. This also makes a beautiful glowing lantern or night light.
  • Make glowing drinking cups by taking two plastic cups, one clear and one opaque, and put a glow stick bracelet in the bottom of the opaque cup and then take the clear cup and stack it on top. Just add ice and sprite or some clear drink and you have a cool, glowing drink in your hand! For a better, photo illustrated tutorial, go to Mommy Savers!
  • Wear glow sticks on your clothes, turn on some music, turn the lights off and dance!

Outside Parties/Pool Parties:

  • Take small baby food jars or similar that have been sprayed with frosted paint and then drop a glow stick in.. sit these around in your yard at night for a sprinkling small glowing 'fairy' lights in the grass.
  • Take white lunch bags and turn them upside down and gather up the bag a few inches from the top (which is actually the bottom) and put a rubber band around it. Fan out the top of the bag and shape it like a mushroom top. Add a glow stick below the rubber band and add another rubber band to keep the sacks gathered close to the glow sticks. Now stick them in the ground and take a look at all of the glowing mushrooms!
  • Make the frosted lanterns (jar painted with frosted spray paint and add glow sticks) to scatter around outside or use as centerpieces on your tables outdoors.
  • For a pool party you could float the balloons with glow sticks inside on the surface of the pool to create a glowing atmosphere on the water.
  • You could also weigh down glow sticks by tying them to something heavy like a washer and drop them all over the bottom of the pool for beautiful glowing pool water from beneath or you could just let them float on top.
  • Are you doing a Holiday party? Use red, white and blue glow sticks for the 4th of July, orange, green and purple for Halloween, green for St. Patrick's Day, etc..
  • Use white glow sticks for weddings or pink for a girls party, etc..
  • Make beautiful glowing centerpieces with water beads and a glow stick(s). To read more and see the tutorial go to Bicaostal Bride. I bet you could use marbles for this too.

Glow Stick Tips and Tricks

  • When taking a large group of children to the movies, give each kid a glow stick necklace or bracelet. That way you can all keep up with each other in the dark movie theater.
  • When skating or riding a bike in the dark, put some glow sticks around the top of the skates or the bicycle to keep yourself visible to others.
  • Keep some glow sticks in your car for traveling in case the car breaks down in the dark. They are a great light source and will definitely come in handy.
  • Keep some handy at home during storm season in case the electricity goes out.
  • If you store glow sticks in the freezer while you are not using them, they will last longer.
  • To make your glow sticks glow brighter put them in the microwave for no longer than 10 seconds. Be sure it's only 10 seconds because they will explode if you leave them longer. If you are scared of putting them in the microwave, run them under hot water. It's important to mention that although adding heat will cause them to be brighter, it slightly shortens the life of them.

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      Top Gifts 2 months ago

      I like the glow stick games. Pretty cool.

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      Jamie Brock 12 months ago from Texas

      gatheringgarden- I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      gatheringgarden 13 months ago

      awesomeness! Might be my favorite hub:) will be doing some of these with my kiddos for sure!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      monika- I'm not sure actually...but I don't see why there would be a problem unless the chemicals in the helium and the stick react to each other and I don't know how that would happen because the chemicals inside the glow stick are encased in plastic.. That would be so cool though! If you find out and try it, please let me know how it worked. Floating, glowing balloons would be so pretty. Thanks for dropping by!

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      monika 2 years ago

      you can put glow stick in a balloon for extra glow but can you use helium to make the balloon float is that safe

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      FictionFish- You are very welcome! Hopefully you were able to use a few of the ideas with your kids at church!

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      Kurt Frazier Sr 2 years ago from Mobile Al

      Those are great ideas and I want to use them with my kids group at church. I think they will have a super time with them. Thanks for the article.

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      Fuzzypro 2 years ago

      Yah i would too so cool!!! :D LOL

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      grand old lady- Thank you :) Oh yes, I bet the glow sticks would be beautiful in the beer and wine bottles :)

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      ilikegames- Thank you so much!!

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      Kim- Glow stick bowling..HOW cool!! sounds like so much fun, love it! Glad you enjoyed the hub...thank you so much for dropping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 2 years ago from Texas

      Kim- Oh wow.. that is an awesome idea.. thank you for sharing :)

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      Sarah Forester 2 years ago from Australia

      Wow so many amazing possibilities!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Lovely ideas, especially the one about making lanterns by filling jars with glow sticks. I collect beer and wine bottles and now they can be put to use.

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      Sarah Forester 3 years ago from Australia

      Love this Hub, I don't think anyone can deny how much fun glow sticks are!

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      KIm 3 years ago

      Oh, and also, Another awesome glow stick activity is to do some glowstick bowling! Take water bottles (preferably the sturdier kind like gatorade or something, especially if you are doing this in an area you don't want water on) and put some water in them. You need 10 for 1 game/lane and it works best if they are all the same kind, or at least filled with the same amounts of water. The more water the harder they will be to knock down. Then bend the glowstick and drop the whole stick in the bottle (don't break it open or anything, just the whole stick :) ) Grab a ball, turn off the lights and go for it! We used a hula hoop to mark where they had to stand and had two sets so then you can move the "pins" in different ways or put them all together and have 2 kids take a ball at the same time, etc!

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      Kim 3 years ago

      I work at summer camps and one thing we did with staff at the end of the summer after the kids had all gone home and the cleaning was done was glow stick swimming. Each person got a glow stick and we went out into the lake. The glow stick was for the lifeguard to help see us, so we each wore one on our wrist and if there was a glowstick floating by itself or under the water for too long they would know to get everyone out and help the person.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Leo14- Thank you so much!

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      Leo14 3 years ago

      These ideas are great I never thought there was so much to do with glowsticks

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Laurel Parker- Oh, that does sound like a lot of fun!! Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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      Laurel Parker 3 years ago

      We love to sit in the backyard after dark and always put a glow stick necklace around our dog's neck so we can see where he is. We live on a lake with a walking path and never cease to amuse/scare the after dark walkers with the floating glow stick running around our yard.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Dan- That IS a great idea! Gotta be able to find the outhouse, that's for sure! Thank you so much for dropping by and for commenting :)

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      Dan 3 years ago

      Hey! Cool post!

      Here's another use, when we go camping in large groups we use them to light up the door of the out house, and then stick another inside. The site we usually rent doesn't have power, so it gets really dark if its cloudy. The glow sticks last all night, so no matter how drunk people get we can always find the out house.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      topkidsreview- You are welcome! Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      David Heinz 3 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT

      My kids love glow sticks. I can't wait to use these ideas. Thanks for all the great info on glow sticks.

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      nichellewebster- Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Leslie Outlaw- Thank you so much! I appreciate the positive feedback and votes up :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      Wasteless Project- That is a good question.. I never really even thought about that. I'm going to have to look into it.... since they are made with plastic, perhaps they can be recycled? Definitely worth looking into! Thanks for dropping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 3 years ago from Texas

      rambofen044- That is an interesting idea! I have never thought of DIY glow sticks. Definitely worth looking into. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Nichelle Webster 3 years ago from Silicon Valley

      What a fun Hub. I never knew so many cool and even beautiful things to do with glow sticks.

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      Leslie 3 years ago from South Carolina

      I really loved some of the uses for glow sticks you mentioned in your hub. The games are great for camping trips and the photography sounds like good fun as well. I also love the party ides. Voted up and useful!

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      Wasteless Project 3 years ago from Worldwide

      Hello Jamie, as you mentioned that glow sticks are non toxic I was wondering if that also means that discarding the used sticks (and producing them to begin with) isn't hazardous for the environment? I always loved the playful possibilities of these sticks but intuitively stayed away from them, because I assumed that they were equal to yet more toxic waste on this planet... Would be happy to know that they aren't that bad after all.

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      Rambo Fen 3 years ago from Raipur

      All these ideas are very cool and realistic..... I would be interested in knowing if it's possible to make these sticks at home or are the chemicals available in the market.

      Thanks

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Greg- Wow! This does sound awesome..love the idea of attaching the glow sticks to the balloons.... I bet that was very cool to watch. Also, the cauldron with the smoking and glowing punch and swimming pool both sound really neat! Dry ice and glow sticks...who would of thought it?! I bet those kids had a blast... and will always remember that Halloween. Thank you so much for sharing this!!! I'm going to keep this in mind for future Halloweens :)

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      Greg 4 years ago

      I once bought a bunch of large helium balloons and tethered them all together with long pieces of very light string. Under each balloon I hung a green glowstick and let them all go (at night, obviously). The effect was amazing. The air currents moved the balloons and glowsticks all around so all you could see was these spooky green lights twisting and turning in the sky. We also had a halloween party for the neighborhood kids and my wife made a punch out of various sodas and juices. We bought a plastic party cauldron and put the punch in there with some dry ice and glowsticks. It was bubbling and smoking and all lit up. Each kid got a plastic goblet and my wife would ladle juice into their cups. They couldn't get enough! And out in the pool that night I put more green glowsticks and dry ice, so it looked like a smoky, bubbling swamp. It was so cool!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Shiley- I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub! Yes, I think these would be SO MUCH fun at your daughters next slumber party for sure :)

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      Karen Shiley 4 years ago from Washington

      These are some great ideas for using glow sticks at my daughters next slumber party!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      pstraubie48- I had a lot of fun researching for this hub... I had no idea how many ways glow sticks could be used! Thank you for sharing this, for the vote up and for pinning. I really appreciate it :)

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great tips. Glow sticks are a hit at every party and you have opened up a whole new world of uses for them. Thanks for sharing...Voted up and pinned.

      Sending Angels to you and yours ps

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      logoquiz- Thank you so much for dropping by.. glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Kris Heeter- You are welcome :) I fell in love with glow sticks after I did this hub.. I have a whole sack full.. I always grab one or two when I go to the Dollar Tree. Thanks for dropping by, glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      Missy 4 years ago from London

      What a wonderfully unique hub! Had never heard of any of these ideas, but I could easily use them all! Especially like the taking cool photos and the bath idea is so cool!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Wow, I never would have even though of using them in a bathtub or pool - that's pretty cool! Thanks for sharing all these fun ideas.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Some one- Thank you so much for dropping by... I think the bath one is my fave too :)

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      Some one 4 years ago

      I loved all of them but I think my favorite was the bath one

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      ashlin- That's cool! Do you have any other things that you do with them that I didn't cover here? I always love to learn new things to do with glow sticks. Thanks for dropping by :)

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      ashlin 4 years ago

      glow sticks are my thing

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      benkling- Ya know, I didn't even think about them being distracting in the theater but that's a good point. I was surprised myself to learn how many ways they can be used. Thanks for dropping by, glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      benkling 4 years ago from Madison, WI

      This is a really great article, and there are a lot of great ideas for parties. I especially enjoyed the tip of emptying out the glow stick into a jar. What a great effect!

      I would caution against using them at the movie theater however... I feel like that would be really distracting to others!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Esmeowl12- I know it! I was so surprised to find out all the neat things you can do with glow sticks... just a bit ago, my little boy had a glow stick bath. He loves it! Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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      Cindy A. Johnson 4 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I love all these ideas. The only thing I ever used them for was camping. What fun stuff!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      GlstngRosePetals - I know what you mean, before I researched for this hub, I thought glow sticks were fun for wearing as a bracelet or necklace in the dark and that was about it.. I never dreamed there were so many different neat things you could do with them. I love that they have them at the Dollar Tree... I have a ton of them saved up right now. Thank you for dropping by, glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      My children love glow sticks and we never thought of anything fun to do with them except for twirling them around, now that I've read your hub we can do so much more. Thanks :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      idigwebsites- Thank you :) Glad you enjoyed the hub.. glow sticks really are so much fun!

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      Two words: UBER COOL! great hub, really got my interest pump up! Great hub, Jamie.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      daisydayz- Thank you for the vote up and for the fairy jar idea! It sounds really neat... I've heard of pouring the glow stick in but not with the glitter.. I bet the glitter does give a bit of an extra sparkle. Will have to try that.. thank you :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      iguidenetwork- You are welcome...Glowsticks are perfect for parties.. they are so much fun! Thanks for dropping by :)

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      This is brilliant, so many fun ideas. I have been wanting to make a fairy jar for ages after seeing it on pintrest. You get a large jar, large flake glitter and a glow stick. Place glitter in jar, cut top of glow stick and pour in, add lid and shake. It'll look dusted in little glowing lights. Very cute! voted up and interetsing!

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      I love glowing colors, I would really like to try those sticks for parties, they'll be exciting additions for sure. Thanks for sharing your tips! :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      jenbeach21- You are welcome! Thank you for stopping by :)

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      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fun ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Lee Tea- So glad you like the hub...I was amazed at all the different ideas that I found that people could do with glow sticks! I've got a bunch of glow sticks right now put back for a glow stick bath :) Thank you for the votes, I appreciate it!

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      Lee Tea 4 years ago from Erie, PA

      I've seen glowsticks on mushrooms, but never mushrooms on glowsticks! Lol...kids and I dance in the dark with glowsticks and take them camping, I'm excited to learn more ways to have fun with them - excellent idea for a hub. Voted a lot of things.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      My2GreenBeans- Thank you for stopping by and for the follow!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      DzyMsLizzy- Oh my goodness.. that does sound fun...I was going to say kids love scavenger hunts, but I think some adults would like it too, I know I would. Thank you for the vote up and for sharing!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      jennzie- Thank you for the vote up and for sharing.. I'm glad you like these!

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      My2GreenBeans 4 years ago from PA

      Oh fun, you have a new follower!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      What fun! You could also vary the scavenger hunt theme by assigning each person a color & they are only allowed to collect their own color. This would be best outdoors--imagine the fun when someone races toward a glow only to find it's not their color!

      Voted up & shared.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      These are such cool and fun ways to use glow sticks! I definitely want to try these. Voted up and shared.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Cherylvanhoorn- Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment! I had no idea there were so many things you could do with them. I've got a bag of them now, just waiting to be thrown into the tub sometime. The glow bath was one of my favorites :)

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      cherylvanhoorn 4 years ago from Sydney

      wonderful, wonderful and more wonderful. There are many amazing and valid uses for glow sticks.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      SkySlave- Thank you! I was surprised to learn all the different things a person can do with glow sticks. I have a sack of them right now waiting to be opened. If I could just figure out which one of these I want to do first :)

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      glow sticks are awesome! lots of cool ideas here.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      moonlake- Thank you for the vote up, sharing and pin. I really appreciate it!! Glad you enjoyed the hub :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      mrpooper- Yes, this one should keep the kids occupied for sure. Thank you for stopping by and for sharing! Happy 4th to you!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Love glow sticks. Lots of good ideas. I just noticed this hub. Voted up and shared and pin it.

      Now I'm going to visit one of your commentors.

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      mrpooper 4 years ago

      Finally something to keep the kids occupied. I'm sharing this hub.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Ryan-Palmsy, yes, the are fun, aren't they?! Thank you for stopping by.

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      Ryan Palmer 4 years ago from In a Galaxy far, far away

      Glow-Sticks are one of lifes little pleasures! So enjoyable, but no idea why!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Chen Suen- You are welcome! I am happy to hear that you like these ideas, thank you so much for dropping by :)

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      Chen Suen 4 years ago from Arcadia, California

      The only time I've really used glow sticks is during search and rescue training. I like some of your ideas though! They are very creative. I especially like the bath, pool , and mushrooms. Thanks for the hub!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      chemstudent - Hi, I'm not sure if the liquid could be suspended in gelatin or not..but it's worth a try. My concern would be extra time put into making the gelatin for the jar when the liquid "light" generally lasts for one nights use. Although, they say if you put it in the freezer when finished it could last longer. I think it's worth a try just to see what would happen. Maybe it would produce a really neat effect. Thank you for stopping by!

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      chemstudent 4 years ago

      For the glowing jar lantern, could the glow stick mixture be suspended in gelatine so you would not have to shake it around?

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      talfonso, thank you for stopping by! Yes, I've seen them at Oriental Trading too and I love that they are so inexpensive. I'm glad that you have found this hub useful. I hope you have lots of fun using your glow sticks in new and different ways!

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      talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I've seen a lot of offers for these in my Oriental Trading catalogs, and how you listed suggestions for good use in your Hub! I've used these when I go trick-or-treating and when there's a brownout! Maybe I'll use those genial ideas!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Hi Ebower, thank you for your nice comment and the vote up! I'm planning on buying a whole bunch to have on hand for birthdays or whatever.. plus I have a 4 year old little boy that would just have a ball with them! Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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      Erin Bower 4 years ago from Georgia

      There are some very creative ideas in this hub. Glow sticks are inexpensive, so most people could purchase them for a party or just a fun activity for children on a summer night. I voted this up and awesome. :)

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you billybuc! I was surprised too how many things you can do with them. Thanks for the nice comment and have lots of fun with the glow sticks :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was pretty cool! I had no idea you could use them in so many creative ways! Great job Jamie! I do believe I'll have to try some of these ideas!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi RTalloni, Yes, I'll be stocking up too.. Looking forward to some glowing baths :) As usual, you've added another great idea! I don't see why they couldn't be put into the fish tank.. maybe a blue or purple glow stick would calm the fish down. The fish in our tank are always darting and dashing back and forth. Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are having a great week :0)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Well I guess these are fun things to do with glow sticks, and I guess I'll be stocking up on them! Wouldn't an aquarium be a neat thing to use them in?!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      iamaudraleigh, I'm glad you liked it... I appreciate the vote! Thank you so much for dropping by :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      DeborahNeyens- Kids do the funniest things sometimes..or maybe it was an accident? I would have been afraid to look!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Fun hub!!! Voted up!!!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      And then there was the time one of the kids dropped one down the hole in the outhouse. That is not the thing you want lit up with a glow stick! : )

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you Vicki, I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub! I had fun researching this one and finding all the different ways glow sticks can be used. These things are amazing! I never even thought about them being used so many different ways. A huge thank you for your nice comment, vote and positive feedback! Hope you have a great week :)

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      Sojourner McConnell 5 years ago from Winchester Kentucky

      This is a great fun hub. I loved your ideas and plan on sharing them on the next family gathering. Thanks for a great informative hub! I voted it up as well as interesting, awesome and useful.

      Great hub!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Stephanie, thank you for the vote! I really appreciate that. I know what you mean about wanting some for yourself.. I've been wanting some too now! I love the balloon idea, too... but I think my favorite is the glow bath!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Deborah, Wow, It definitely makes sense to take these camping.. they are a great source of light and what a great idea putting them around your dogs neck to keep track of him/her. I really didn't pay much attention to them before. We usually just got them for Halloween but since writing this hub I want to go out and buy tons of them :) Thank you for dropping by :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I like to give the kids glow stick on Halloweeen, too, but now with all these cool ideas, I'll have to keep a bunch for myself! I love the idea of putting them into balloons for party decorations!

      Voted up!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      Fun ideas. We always take a bunch of glow sticks on camping trips - we've done the glow stick photography, which is fun. We also put them around the dogs' necks so we can see them in the dark around the campsite.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you teaches- I had a fun time researching this one and finding all the different ways these sticks can be used. I agree with you.. this stuff is great for any age! As always, thanks so much for dropping by!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      emilybee- I wondered that at first, too but apparently glow sticks are pretty safe. I'm going to get some and let my 4 year old son take a bath.. I bet he's going to love it. Then, I'm going to take a glow stick bath LOL!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      ChristyWrites- I love the photography too... it's so neat! I can't wait to get my hands on some glow sticks :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      What an exciting hub! I felt like I was at a party! These are great ideas for people of all ages. Voted up.

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      That glow stick bath looks like fun! Is that safe, lol? Love glow sticks...when I was little I chewed on one and it opened up and my mouth glowed. Apparently they are nontoxic though. My mom called poison control and they said to just wash mouth out with water and I'd be ok ;) Great hub for glow stick ideas!! Voted up!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the glowstick photography :) Fun!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      lisamark, I know, right! I can't wait to get some glow sticks and take a glowing bath :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Rose.. this one was lots of fun to research :)

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Rolly, Thanks! I agree.. glow sticks are such an awesome invention. I did not really even think much about them before doing research for this hub. How neat that you guys used them for night scuba diving and it totally makes sense.. I bet it was like being in a different world being under the water at night. Thank you so much for stopping by and hugs back to you from the US!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Linda! We usually get glow sticks on Halloween, too! I really had no idea there were so many more uses for them. It was fun gathering ideas for this hub..Thank you for stopping by :0)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love glow sticks! They are too cool and lots of fun! The glow stick bath is a fun idea. I had so many glow sticks this past halloween that I made tons of bracelets and I had them going up to my elbows and the little trick or treaters loved it...of course I gave them each one as bonus to go along with their treats:)

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Well done Jamie... love this... glow sticks are a great invention. Years ago we used them for night scuba diving. We would tie them to our scuba tanks to make it easier to find each other....

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Well done as always, Jamie!

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      lisamark 5 years ago from Illinois

      That glow stick bath looked so cool!!! I want to do that every day :D

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