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Glowing Hands Experiment

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I love science (I don’t think that’s a secret)! This fun activity looks at the reaction between UV light and phosphors.

Glowing hand experiment from All for the Boys blog

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All you need is a UV blacklight we just used a 9LED version (the small ones), vaseline and gloves (optional). You can also gather other items to test like tonic water or the insert of a highlighter soaked in water.

Glowing hand experiment from All for the Boys blog

Glowing hand experiment from All for the Boys blog

Spread vaseline all over your gloved hand (this makes cleanup A LOT easier).

Glowing hand experiment from All for the Boys blog

Glowing hand experiment from All for the Boys blog

Then, go into a dark space and see what your hand looks like under the blacklight!

Glowing hand experiment from All for the Boys blog

See what other items react. Tonic water has quinine a chemical which contains phosphors like the vaseline.

Glowing hand experiment from All for the Boys blog

This post is part of a fun project a few bloggers and I are doing to highlight STEAM projects.

STEAM projects

Here are the other projects this week:

Smoosh Painting / Stixplosions / Color Changing Chemistry Clock / Rainbow Reactions / Colorful Chemical Reaction / Inertia Zoom Ball

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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

8 Comments

  1. This is so cool. I want a whole party of black lights and tonic water out by the pool filled with glow in the dark beach balls and everyone has to do this experiment to get a ticket to the dance floor. Ha : )

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