Glow in the Dark Boredom Buster

Simple Boredom Buster for Kids

Do you know what I love?? Creating a SIMPLE (and cheap) boredom buster that keeps the kids happily entertained for a long time! This glow in the dark building activity is great if you need something to keep the kids busy on a rainy day, and it only uses a few materials! Dimming the lights while they build works well to soothe and calm kids (and moms) too.

Build a Glowing City!

To build a glowing city, you will need:

  • Cardboard Tubes (empty paper towel or wrapping paper tubes work well for this)
  • Glow Stick Bracelets (might contain small parts, use with caution)
  • Hole Punch

Build a Glowing City!


1. Begin by cutting the empty cardboard tube into smaller sections.

2. Use a hole punch to create holes around the top and bottom of each section of cardboard tubing.

3. Invite the kids to build a glowing city!

Build a Glowing City!

The kids loved experimenting by connecting the glow in the dark bracelets with one another to form roads, bridges, and antennae on top of buildings! Great imaginative playtime fun!!

Build a Glowing City!

Other Boredom Busters to Try:

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  1. Oh, that is very cool! I think I’d want to play too! lol!

    • Thanks, Emma! I couldn’t help myself and just had to play along with them — so much fun!! 🙂

  2. So fun! I have 3 packs of glow sticks left from Halloween that are just sitting in the closet. We’re totally doing this!

  3. What an awesome idea! Thank you! My little guy will love it! He loves to play with these in the bathtub. We turn the lights out and the whole tub glows. We’ll be trying this next!

  4. Wonderful idea:)
    My daughter will love it!!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Have a great day!!

  5. Hello Valerie, I just recently started to follow your page. Thanks for all the great ideas!
    I really like the fact that the Simple Boredom Buster is cheap, simple and engaging. You can get the activity started in a matter of minutes. What I like most about the boredom buster is that kids can play it in different ways. You just let the kids decide what to build using their imagination. This is very creative.

  6. Very creative! You can never go wrong with anything glow in the dark with kids.

  7. Very easy to make and creative.