Glow in the Dark Christmas Presents

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glow in the dark presents -- christmas game

These glow in the dark presents are magical and Christmassy.  They are simple (and cheap) to make and my kids thought they were the coolest things I’ve done.  I played an indoor game using the presents and they are great for outdoor play too. Below is how I put them together.


glow in the dark presents -- christmas game

Plastic takeaway (or other clear plastic) containers

Glow Sticks (3 per container)

Mostly white wrapping paper (cheap paper works best because it’s thin)

Sticky tape

What to do

1.  Activate glow sticks by bending them, and then place three inside each container.

glow in the dark presents -- christmas game

2. Wrap the containers with paper. Avoid overlapping as this will dim the light in the areas where there is two layers of paper.  Don’t worry if you can’t see the light through the paper as you’re doing it in the light.  Look at the picture below and you can see the same presents in the light and then in the dark (they do glow!).

glow in the dark presents -- christmas game

The Game

I can think of many ways to use these cute things.  For example, place a heap under the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, use them as decoration outside or for an outdoor present hunt.  There could be a hot potato game in the dark, a follow the glow present path or the kids could simply take them outside in the dark and watch them shine. The glow lasts for a couple of hours.

The game I played with the kids went like this:  I gave each of the children a glow stick to hold (the little bit of light is a good thing) and they went to a designated room together in the house (and shut the door).  I hid the presents in different places around the house and then turned off all the lights (with the expectation of one so I didn’t fall).   I called the kids out and they hunted for the presents. So much fun! They wanted to do it again, and again! All my children enjoyed the game, so from my 5-year-old right up to my 11-year-old. Win.

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  • Reply
    Susan Stephenson
    December 10, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Just stumbled across some more great glow ideas via Pinterest I thought you might like! http://playathomemom3.blogspot.com.au/2011/07/glow-sticks-thinking-outside-box_17.html

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    December 10, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Very cool! 🙂

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    Sam Stone
    December 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    That is very cool!

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    December 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    they look awesome

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      December 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

      It was one of the thoes activities that worked for all my kids which is harder these days!

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    December 11, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Really wonderful idea – I don’t know where to look for glow-in-the-dark sticks and I sure hope we find them in our country here in the Middle East!!

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    December 11, 2012 at 1:21 am

    AWESOME Kellie!! I am so going to have to do this with my girls this Christmas.

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    December 11, 2012 at 10:19 am

    These are awesome Kelly!!!
    I can’t wait to make these with the kids tomorrow (have to get some glow sticks first!).
    Thanks for sharing:)

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    At home mummy
    December 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    I Love your blog. I have just started my own blog as at home mummy if 3 boys under 4.
    I’m always looking for new activities to do with them. Especially Chrissie ones
    So thank you can’t wait to try them.
    Drop by and say hi at athomemummy.wordpress.com

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      December 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Glad you found your way here and congratulations on your blog!

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    December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    this looks really cool!

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      December 14, 2012 at 11:29 am

      My kids are just the right age for night time games now. It made me recall all the fun games I did when I was young, like spotlight. Loved that game!

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    December 14, 2012 at 5:52 am

    This is sooo simple and wonderful! Thank you.

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      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      December 14, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Barbara 🙂

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    December 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Absolutely love this idea!!!! Fantastic, thanks so much for sharing!!

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    December 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I’m trying this the next time I go to a birthday party. Will put a real present in that clear tub + the glow & WOW, party guests are gunna love it. 🙂 Thanks for the simple yet wonderful idea.

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    March 19, 2013 at 11:08 am

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    July 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

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    December 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Wow great idea we did the glow sticks in the eggs at easter and the kids loved it looks like glow pressies coming up

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