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Glow in the Dark Painted Projects for Kids

by Susan Revermann

Watch as your child’s face lights up when you plan a glow-in-the-dark paint project. Not only does this type of activity fulfill that never-ending desire your child has to get messy, you’re sure to get glowing reviews from your little artist. The finished results will be out of this world.

Bedroom Wall Decorations

Send your child off to sleep in a glow-in-the-dark decorated room. The room will look one way during the day and transform when the sun goes down. If you’re feeling brave, you and your child can freehand some designs with some non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint. A safer approach is to make a template first. Sketch your chosen shapes, such as a moon, planets and stars, on some card stock and use a utility knife to cut out the internal sections where you want the paint to go. Tape the sides of the template to the wall and let your child apply the paint.


You can transform a large white polystyrene foam ball into a magically glowing planet for your child’s bedroom. Unfold a paperclip so it looks like an “S” and insert one end into the Styrofoam ball until it reaches the middle of the clip. This acts as a handle as your child paints it, as well as a hook to attach some fishing line to hang the project once you’re done. You’ll want to explain to your little one how to hold the paperclip as he paints his planet with different colors of non-toxic glow-in-the-dark paint. Once the paint is dry, attach some fishing line and connect it to a sturdy screw that you have anchored into the ceiling. The planet should hang about a foot from the ceiling, so it’s out of his reach. Make sure the string is triple knotted and secured into place to prevent his new planet from colliding with planet Earth.

Face Painting

Your child’s face will be a beacon of shining enthusiasm with this face paint project. When it comes to young children, only use non-toxic, washable, hypoallergenic, water-based, fragrance-free glow-in-the-dark face paint. Have your child brainstorm on what type of face paint pattern he wants and sketch it according to his description. When he approves of the design, use a small-tipped paintbrush or cotton swab to paint it on his face or body. Once you’re finished and it has dried, turn the lights off and let him see the reflection in a mirror. Now, let him sneak up on Daddy to surprise him with your awesome paint job.


Regular old T-shirts are the perfect blank canvas for this type of project. A washed and dried shirt is better than a new shirt -- you don’t want the material to shrink during its first laundering after your child has lovingly painted it. Your child can use kid-friendly, glow-in-the-dark fabric paint to make hand prints, smiley faces, goofy figures or animals on the shirt. Once it is dry, he can wear it. Don’t be surprised if he keeps flipping the light switch in the bathroom on and off when he’s wearing the shirt. That’s just part of the fun of recharging the paint to keep it glowing.

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