Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling

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Have yourself your own night time bowling party with your littles by making  glow-in-the-dark bowling pins with these easy steps!






Materials You’ll Need

  • 5-10 Water Bottles
  • Water
  • Glow Sticks
  • Soccer or Glow Ball




Step 1: Fill Bottles with Water


Any type of plastic bottle will do for this step. We simply reused empty water bottles for ours. If the bottles you are using have any labels or stickers on them be sure to peel them off and discard to allow as much light from the glow stick to be seen as possible. Then, fill your bottles with water.


The more water, the more weight and the harder it will be for little ones to knock over your glow-in-the-dark bowling pins. For younger children, fill the bottles half way. For older children, fill bottles to the top. The water also helps reflex the light of the glow stick to make things a little brighter.




Step 2: Add Glow Stick


For every water bottle you use, you will need at least one (1) glow stick. If you use regular glow sticks, only one per bottle is required. If you are using glow-in-the-dark necklaces, I recommend using two per bottle. We used glow-in-the-dark necklaces for our bowling pins.


Hold the glow stick horizontally and bend each side downward until you hear a crack. Next, shake the glow stick to mix the chemicals and create the glow. Add the now glowing glow stick into water bottle and put the cap back on tightly. Repeat this process until all water bottles have a glow stick. There are ten (10) pins in an actual game of bowling, so I recommend having 10 glowing water bottles. However, if you don’t have that many you can cut it down to five (5) glowing water bottle pins.


Step 3: Play!

Wait for the sun to go down and you are ready to play! Set up your new glowing bowling pins into a triangle formation. Hand your child a soccer ball, move them a few steps back, and see how many they can knock down by rolling, throwing, or kicking the ball at the pins. Younger kids will love to help setting them up as much as knocking them down!




I also recommend using a glow-in-the-dark ball when available, either by purchasing one or painting a ball with glow-in-the-dark paint. You can also use glow-in-the-dark necklaces to wrap around a ball to make your own glowing bowling ball. When you are finished, cut the water bottle open to retrieve the glow stick for continued play or place in your child’s bedroom for a cool night light until it runs out.


Have you created your own game of Glow-in-the-Dark Bowling using this guide? Send us pictures and we’ll share it on our Facebook page!




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