Glow in the Dark Comets

My kids love anything that has to do with outer space. We were learning about comets and decided to make our own. These awesome comets are easy to make and when night comes, you can let them fly. Glow sticks make them even more fun.

  1. Ages: 3 - 11

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We gathered our supplies.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    We opened up our garbage bag and cut it down the side and bottom so it made one big piece of plastic. We used a large bowl and traced around the edges of it.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    We used scissors to cut strips from the outer edge of the garbage bag to the edges of the circle. Do this all the way around your garbage bag. These will become the comet's tail.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    We cut various lengths of ribbon or yarn, to be used to decorate the comet's tail. We were aiming for the colors of fire here.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Next, we placed our ball in the center of the circle.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    We secured it by tying one piece of ribbon around the ball. Then we kept adding pieces of ribbon.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Here is our comet, fully decorated with ribbon and yarn.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    We waited until it got dark, then got out our glow sticks.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Step 9

    Using packaging tape, we secured the glow sticks to the strips of a garbage bag and activated the glow sticks.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

  • Done!

    Once our comets were glowing, they were ready to fly. We went outside in the front yard and threw them around. Unfortunately, I only got a video of this and not any good still pictures. The kids had a great time seeing how high they could make the comet fly and how far.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 10

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