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Family FunSpot: Glowing Bead Bracelets

Glowing Bead Bracelets

Let’s put the summer sun to work and create these cool bracelets! The special ingredient? UV light-sensitive beads!  These energy beads start out white and change color when exposed to sunlight. We found ours on the Steve Spangler Science website (https://bit.ly/3cXzYuA)

You will need:




Pour UV beads into a bowl for easy access.

Cut the length of the elastic thread to fit each child’s wrist

Begin stringing the beads and tie off the ends together to form a bracelet (or necklace)

Bring your bracelet outside on a nice sunny day and watch the colors appear!


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Sun Paper Art

Create super-cool images with light-sensitive paper and everyday objects. All you need is the special paper and a sunny day!


Sun Paper Art Materials

You will need:

  • Sun Art Paper (https://amzn.to/3n7ipLk)
  • 8×10 Corrugated cardboard
  • Leaves, flowers, weeds, feathers, etc.—natural objects
  • Acrylic sheet (Included in the Sun Art kit) to keep natural objects in place
  • Sunshine
  • A water source to rinse off the paper
  • Lemon juice (optional)



Before you start:

Take the kids on a nature walk and pick up leaves, flowers, weeds, grasses, and other natural objects to press between the glass/plastic sheet, the sun paper, and cardboard

Choose an indoor or outdoor surface that gets steady prolonged sunlight

Choose what you want to use for your print—flowers, leaves, grass, etc. and set it on your work surface

Have your paper ready, but keep it in the packaging until it’s needed as not to expose it to sunlight before you’re ready



Place a piece of 8×10 inch corrugated on the work surface

Next pull a sheet of paper from its packaging and place it blue side up on the corrugated cardboard

Quickly arrange the leaves, grasses, and flowers on the paper

Place the piece of glass or plexiglass on top of the arranged leaves, grasses, and flowers and leave in the direct sun for 1-5 minutes, or until the paper turns very light blue

Carefully remove the Sun Art paper from layers of cardboard, natural objects, and plex

Rinse with water for one minute—to intensify the blue background, add a few drops of lemon juice to a shallow pan and place the paper inside it and rinse again

The blue color will darken as the paper dries

To flatten your print after drying, place it under a few books for a few days before mounting or framing


These prints look so beautiful when framed. We grabbed a frame or two at Michael’s—if you’re lucky you can find them on sale, buy one and get two free!


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Magnetic Slime

Magnetic Slime

We can’t lie, this is so cool—and easy to do.  The only materials that might be a challenge to find are the iron oxide and neodymium magnets, (don’t feel bad, I had to look them up too) so we supplied the links to purchase them.

You will need:



Mix glue and iron oxide powder together

Add the liquid starch—mix and knead until the slime is black

Use the magnet to pull the slime across a flat surface


*Tips—if the slime is too sticky add a little cornstarch, and if it’s too stiff, add some glue. Neodymium magnets work best because they are strong enough to manipulate the slime. The link above sells them in a multi-pack for $9.99, so more than one child can enjoy the activity.


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