Glow Goo is a high-quality, squishy, nontoxic, light-charged glow substance. It is very bright. It charges nicely in sunlight or incandescent (less so under fluorescent). 5 minutes in the sun gets you enough light to read by for about 15 minutes, fading thereafter over several hours. It remains chemically active for about a decade.

Kids like it, it's cheap and it makes an excellent Christmas present.

SAFETY It is chemically and biologically inert. Nontoxic. Nonstaining. Tasteless. Odorless. Easy to clean up.

COMPOSITION Strontium Aluminate Powder in a Water Gel suspension.

COST Cheap.

SOURCES FOR INGREDIENTS Strontium Aluminate : AKA 'glow powder'. Many sources. Amazon, Glow Inc, etc. Water Gel : AKA 'slush powder'. Many sources. Amazon, Steve Spangler Science, etc.

RECIPE (multiply as necessary)

  • 1/4 tsp slush powder (See NOTE 1 below).
  • 1/2 tsp glow powder
  • 1 cup water
  • Put it in a jar. Shake it up. Shake shake shake till all the little clumps get dissolved.


SO WHAT YOU DO IS YOU MAKE A GLOW OBJECT Get an attractive transparent container: a mason jar; a hand-shaped jar; an empty crystal-head vodka bottle; transparent plastic butterfly doodad; etc. Add an appropriate quantity of the glow goo ingredients. Screw down the lid tight. Shake it up. Now you have a glow object.


NOTE 1 : It appears that the water gel does not hold up so good under direct sunlight (uv). It gets watery. So if it gets watery then add a little more gel powder. Or just double the amount of gel powder in the recipe.