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Make your very own glow-in-the-dark chalk

 

Why not try a fun and spooky craft that you and your guardian can do together to light up dark nights — glow-in-the-dark chalk! Here’s how to make it:

What you'll need

Your guardians might have to help you get some of these items:

photo of all the chalk materials

  • Glow-in-the-dark paint (found in a craft store)
  • Plastic ice cube tray
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Water
  • Mixing dish and spoon

Step 1

Once you and your guardian gather up all the materials, it's time to get started. First, pour about two tablespoons of paint into your mixing dish.

spoon pouring paint into bowl

Step 2

Add cold water until the mixture is about half paint and half water. Stir well until the mixture is milky in texture.

Step 3

Slowly add the Plaster of Paris, bit by bit, stirring all the time. Keep adding until the mixture becomes firm and hard to stir. The chalk will be thick, but still wet to touch.

clumpy mixture in bowl

Step 4

Carefully spoon the mixture into sections of the ice cube tray. Be sure to pack it down hard so your chalk doesn’t crack! Keep filling up sections of the tray until you run out of mixture.

mixture in ice cube tray

Step 5

Let your chalk dry and harden. This can take a day or two… Be patient — it's worth it!

Step 6

Pop your chalk out of the ice cube tray, and it’s ready to go! Draw your pictures on the sidewalk (or a piece of paper).

hardened chalk popped out of ice cube tray


Then, shine a bright light on your art to ‘charge it up’. When you turn the light off, your pictures will glow in the dark.

All photos courtesy of Gill Pike