Ugh… we missed last week’s glow post so this week we are picking it back up. Is this month kicking your butt like it’s kicking mine? We are getting ready for a birthday party, wrapping up the school year, and prepping for hubby’s annual training. That’s all on top of the normal birthdays, holidays, and day-to-day life obligations. It has been chaotic to say the least. That is why I’m super stoked to have fun stuff to do like test out this super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game. It is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun!
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- Plastic Wiffle Balls (I got mine at the Dollar Tree but they aren’t available online)
- Glow Paint
- Paint Brush
- Plastic Shot Glasses or Small Cups
- Acrylic Sealant
- 8-12 Plastic Buckets
- Pack of Glow Sticks
Make Your Glow-in-the-Dark Wiffle Balls
Open your pack of wiffle balls.
Place each ball on a plastic shot glass.
Paint the top half of each wiffle ball with glow paint.
Allow your paint to dry and then turn your wiffle balls over on the shot glasses.
Next, paint the remainder of each wiffle ball with glow paint and allow it to dry.
Lastly, spray each wiffle ball with acrylic sealant. This will keep the glow paint from coming off due to game play.
Game Set Up
Set your painted wiffle balls in the sun or under a light for an hour or more before playing. The better charged that they are, the longer your glow game can last.
The way that you arrange your buckets will depend on how many you are using. The buckets should be divided into 2 equal groups and arranged as outlined below. Place your groups 10-20 feet apart, the prior for small children and the latter for groups of adults.
- 8 Buckets: Arrange 4 buckets in a diamond for each group. From the bottom: 1 Bucket, 2 Buckets, 1 Bucket
- 10 Buckets: Arrange 5 buckets in a plus sign pattern in each group. From the bottom: 1 Bucket, 3 Buckets, 1 Bucket
- 12 Buckets: Arrange 6 buckets in each group in a triangle pattern. From the bottom: 3 Buckets, 2 Buckets, 1 Bucket
Fill each bucket half-way with water. Next, break a glow stick for each one and toss them in the buckets.
Divide into teams and take turns trying to toss the wiffle balls into the buckets. Each time a ball lands in a bucket, that bucket is removed from play. Balls can be blocked by the defending team but team members cannot move in front of the buckets to do so. Also, if a bucket is knocked over during a block, it is still removed from play. The first team to eliminate all of their opponents’ buckets wins.
This DIY giant backyard glow pong game is guaranteed to bring laughs and fun. This was the exact break our family needed. Whip this game out any time this summer that you need to relax and have fun. It’s also a great game to play at parties and BBQ’s. You can totally play it during the day without the glow sticks and have a blast. End the game with a water gun fight (fill them up from the buckets) or dump the buckets on the winning team to cool off. You can also make this awesome DIY game night medal if you want a reward for the winning team. Don’t forget to check out these other fun and easy glow games before you go: