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Glow in the Dark Dodgeball: An Active Indoor Game for Kids

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Glow in the dark dodgeball is a fun, energetic game that kids are sure to love. Try this interesting twist on a classic game in your children’s ministry program!

What You Need for Glow in the Dark Dodgeball

The Right Space

First, you need an enclosed space with no furniture or features (and for sure nothing breakable!) that you can make pitch-black. Yes, this is probably a rarity unless you have a gym. Put everything away, and close the doors to make it safe, enclosed, and as dark as possible. Use just half the gym depending on how many people are playing. But of course, a full-size gym is great if you have lots of kids.

The Right Equipment

Then, depending on the number of players, you’ll need one or two glow-in-the-dark dodgeballs. Although you can buy these at Wal-Mart, you may need to order them online.

You can also use regular 6-inch dodgeballs and wrap glow-in-the-dark duct tape around them. You can also use duct tape to mark boundaries on the floor.

To determine who’s on which team, have kids wear glow-in-the-dark bracelets. Give each student two glow bracelets that are the same color, one for each wrist. Each team is based on the color of their bracelets. For an additional team, one team can have mixed colored bracelets. You can purchase the glow-in-the-dark bracelets from a local dollar store.

It’s also nice to have a whistle to blow when the 3-minute segments are up. Or you can play music and stop it when time is up. To really make use of all the glowing power, you could use ten 2-foot fluorescent black lights.

The Right People

Of course, you need players—probably about five or six for one ball, and however many more you want if you have two balls. Tell the players to wear athletic gear, because this game is intense!

How to Play Glow in the Dark Dodgeball

For K-6th graders, consider dividing kids into two large teams with both teams having kids from every age level.