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Glow in the Dark Ring Toss and Other Games

Summer fun ideas for kids at home - This glow in the dark ring toss and other games use glow sticks for the ultimate in things to do at night. DIY with cheap materials from the dollar store. Simple and easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers, but fun enough for big kids, tweens, and teens.

Earlier this month, we had the chance to participate in a sponsored campaign for Disney Super Buddies, and we were all thrilled. I’m excited when we get to review something we already know and love! I had intended to call this post Super Movie Night. It is, after all, all about the super fun movie night.

But then the photos of the movie night part of our evening came out less amazing than the glow-in-the-dark ring toss part, so I changed the title.

When Grace was one, she had three favorite movies: 101 Dalmatians, The Artisocats, and Snow Buddies. She called them the puppies, the kitties, and yellow puppies, and she watched them often. As the years have gone by, her movie repertoire has expanded, but she still enjoys the Buddies.

Super Buddies Games

Super Buddies is an epic tail (har, har) in which the puppies find five glowing rings, the Rings of Inspiron, and these rings give them super powers. As soon as I saw the promo pictures, I knew we had to have some glow stick fun to go with our movie viewing.

So we did. We prepared for a Super Movie Night by making homemade Cracker Jacks and breaking out a lot of glow sticks.


The movie was exactly what we expected. The Buddies movies are always cute, full of kid humor. There’s teamwork and perseverance and good triumphing over evil.

Super Buddies Movie Activities

When the movie was over, we set up our glow-in-the-dark games.

Materials for glow in the dark games

  • One big, fat glow stick (for the post in the ring toss)
  • Many bracelet-size or necklace-size glow sticks

Glow in the dark ring toss

Glow in the dark games

  • Glow in the dark treasure hunt (I didn’t explain this one below since I’d already done a whole post on it.)
  • Glow in the dark ring toss
  • Glow in the dark tag
  • Glow in the dark hula hoop
  • Glow in the dark jump rope
  • Glow in the dark bath (!!)

1. Activate the glow sticks. Ours were bracelet-sized, so we needed two of them per glowing ring. That required two connector pieces per ring as well.

Glow in the dark ring toss

2. Assemble the glowing sticks into rings.


3. Repeat so that each kid has three rings.


I have no explanation for this mess.


4. Go outside and play.

For ring toss, activate the biggest, fattest, tallest glow stick you can find, and stick it in the ground in the middle of the playing area.


Establish a spot to throw from (a closer spot for the kids and a further away spot for the grownups), and throw all three of your rings, trying to loop them around the tall stick.


Allie quickly tired of ring toss and quickly assembled a hula hoop from her rings. That was fun for a while.


When Grace tired of ring toss, she and Joe started playing tag. She made all of her glow sticks into a hoop and ran around the yard. When Joe caught her, he took one of her sticks. They went back and forth, whomever was caught had to give up a glow stick and the other added it to his hoop.

In the picture below, Joe was trying to steal her entire hoop, but she was having none of that.

Glow in the dark ring toss

Allie thought she would like to play the game of tag, but she quit as soon as her dad tried to take one of her glow sticks. She went instead to using her large hoop for jumping rope.

Glow in the dark ring toss

We stayed outside and played games for what felt like forever, until the girls could hardly keep their eyes open.

We had all used bug spray (the herbal kind and stinky), so a quick bath was in order before they could go to bed. Of course they took their glow sticks in the bath with them, so we left the lights off and let them continue their Rings of Inspiron super powered fun.

By the time they were clean and dry, there was no bedtime story. They all collapsed into my bed and fall asleep. (How often does that happen? Once a year, maybe?!)

This is what the bed looked like when I tried to get in it. Grace was on the far right, Allie in the middle (under the S, between the yellow piece in the middle and the green piece on the left), and Joe was on the left, also asleep.


Fun times.

In the morning, Grace said, “MOM! That was the best movie night ever!” I thought so, too.

For more super powered fun, find the Disney Buddies on Facebook and Pinterest.

As I have mentioned above, this post is sponsored by The Disney Buddies.

© 2013 – 2018, Tara Ziegmont. All rights reserved.

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