6 Glow-in-the-Dark Science Experiments to Try Tonight

Calling all mad— we mean mom—scientists (and daring dads, too)! Try these six glow-in-the-dark science experiments for kids after the sun goes down: we promise they will light up your night. Click through the slideshow to get the details.

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Glowing Pumpkin Guts Slime

For all you gore-lovers, this experiment by Little Bins for Little Hands is low on trickery and high on thrills. We used it for our inspiration, then added a little glow stick juice to the mix. Because why convert pumpkin guts into a slimy putty when you can convert them into a slimy, glowing putty? Using nothing more than the contents of a glow stick, glue, and starch, you'll have a perfectly putrid pumpkin concoction in no time.

The Science Behind the Spooky: Polymers and Non-Newtonian Fluid
The white glue that's used as a base in this pumpkin slime is a polymer, or a large chain of molecules made up of smaller units that repeat themselves. Liquid starch changes the structure of the glue's molecular chain, making it thicker, and turning it into a non-newtonian fluid. A non-newtonian fluid is neither a true liquid nor a true solid. You can pick it up like a solid; however, it will begin to flow like a liquid (especially when heated) and will also take the shape of its container.

Photo: Little Bins for Little Hands

For even more great science experiments click here or check out the related science projects for kids of all ages listed below!

—Shelley Massey



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