The Easter holidays were drawing to a close. The gorgeous weather that we’d experienced earlier in the week had faded away and the girls were getting antsy playing inside. It was time for a new activity. I keep a small stash of toys or crafts I think they’d like and every now and again, I take one out to do together. That day, I choose the ‘Make your own Glow in the Dark Bouncy Balls’ kit from Galt. Their little faces lit up. They washed their hands and sat patiently at the table, planning what colours they would make each ball and who they would give them to as gifts, while I opened the box and scanned over the instructions.
The box contained eight sachets of coloured granules, two plastic moulds (one large and one small) and instructions. We could choose to make either two large bouncy balls or eight small ones. There was virtually no debate – we would make eight small ones and then more people could have them. We lifted out the small mould and clipped it together so that there was a small hole at the top. Then we choose the colours we wanted for our first ball to be and took it in turns pouring the granules/crystals into the mould until they came to the top.
This was easy, even for little hands, and very little spilled out onto the table. Then, we immersed the filled mould into a glass of cold water and waited two minutes. I expected some of the crystals to float out, but thankfully this didn’t happen.
Once the time was up, we lifted it and let it rest for two more minutes. Then, we gently opened up the mould and pried the new ball out. We then had to hold it under running water and wait for it to dry off completely. This later stage really tested the girls’ patience as they were eager to try out the balls. Each ball took about 15 minutes to make and you can only make one at a time, so the whole activity took about an hour and a half. The girls were absolutely delighted with their rainbow balls. Initially, they didn’t glow in the dark but I think they needed to absorb sunlight. We left them on the window sill and the following evening, they were glowing!
What we liked about this activity:
- The price! This activity/kit only costs €8.60
- It worked exactly as it said it would. Often we are disappointed with results which look nothing like the packet but these balls look like the ones on the box. They are not smooth bouncy calls but have a bit of texture but this is shown on the box photos.
- It was easy and it was good for getting us to all work together
- I liked that as we waited for each ball to form, we had quality time chatting together
- The colours of the crystals are lovely.
- It wasn’t particularly messy. Some crystals did end up on the floor but they were easy to sweep up.
- You get to make eight balls
What we didn’t like about this activity:
- The box says this activity is for children aged 8+. I guess the chemicals in the crystals aren’ t safe for younger children. My youngest is 7 and when she read this, her face dropped as she expected to be left out. I explained that I was happy to let her participate once she washed her hands, didn’t touch her eyes etc.
- It would have been nice to get two of each sized moulds. That way we could have been making two balls at the same time.
- Although I loved sitting around and waiting for the balls to form, after the first couple, the girls were getting tired of waiting. If we were to do it again, I think I’d split the box in half and just make four balls and then do the remaining another day.
- The box says that over time the balls will harden and no longer bounce. We haven’t experienced this yet but when it happens, it might not go down too well! At least we are prepared.
Thanks for reading,