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Magic torches, glowing butterflies and light-up trails in the woods

This has been one of our favourite weeks at SandyHands and CoppetKids. We spent the week looking at UV light.


I know that sounds very scientific, and it is, it's a type of light the we can't see. It's a type of light that can harm us – if we get sunburnt, because we've forgotten to put on suncream, the sunburn is caused by UV light from the sun.


Some creatures can see UV light because the have special eyes. Some butterflies can see UV light, and that is what we explored this week.

Children exploring
Glow in the dark butterflies, glowing under UV torch light

We used special torches that shine blue UV light, when the torches shine on things that with special UV paint it makes those things glow!


The SandyHanders went on the hunt for glowing fish with their special UV torches.

And they found special butterflies in a cave that glow in the dark.


CoppetKids took the special torches into the woods and followed a glowing trail through the trees, along