Neon Pumpkin Seeds

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When you are carving those pumpkins this year why not save
the seeds and use them for arts, crafts, and other creative activities?
Following this simple recipe you can make your own colorful pumpkin seeds that glow in the dark!

FUN KID PROJECT:  Make glow-in-the-dark pumpkin seeds for arts, crafts, & PLAY!

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My kids had a lot of fun making their own neon pumpkin seeds, and we have found tons of fun ways to use them!  Are you ready to make your own?

Materials
Note:  For the best effect you will want to use a blacklight for this activity. My girls love using these super cool flashlights.  We also have a blacklight fixture that we often use.  I also recommend these UV-safety glasses.  My girls love wearing them, and they will protect kids eyes if (or shall we say when) they shine the blacklight flashlights at each other. 

Method
  • Begin by adding the desired amount of pumpkin seeds to a zip-seal bag, using one bag for each color of pumpkin seeds that you wish to make.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of neon paint to each bag along with a bit of water (we used roughly 1/4 cup)
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make neon pumpkin seeds for arts, crafts, & PLAY!
  • Seal the bags and have the kids mix and shake them until all of the pumpkin seeds are saturated in color.  Allow the pumpkin seeds to sit in the bags for roughly twenty minutes.

FUN KID PROJECT:  Make neon pumpkin seeds for arts, crafts, & PLAY!

  • Then, lay them out on a cookie sheet or similar to dry.
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make neon pumpkin seeds for arts, crafts, & PLAY!
  • Once dry you will have super vibrant neon pumpkin seeds!
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make neon pumpkin seeds for arts, crafts, & PLAY!
Our pumpkin seeds turned out so fantastically colorful, and we have found all sorts of fun ways to use them!

FUN KID PROJECT:  Make neon pumpkin seeds for arts, crafts, & PLAY!

We began by making beautiful Fall tree art.

FUN KID PROJECT:  Make neon pumpkin seeds for arts, crafts, & PLAY!
Then, the girls used the seeds for counting, sorting, and sensory play.
FUN KID PROJECT:  Make neon pumpkin seeds for arts, crafts, & PLAY!
Other fun ways to use your pumpkin seeds:
Pumpkin seed crafts and activities for kids
pumpkin seed activities for kids
Tips & Storage: Store your neon pumpkin seeds in a zip-seal bag between activities, and they can be used again and again!  If you do not feel like cleaning and drying seeds from real pumpkins you can buy pumpkin seeds online here.  The neon paint that we use in our activities can be found online here.

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