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I have my grandchildren over to stay every other weekend as I have three grandchildren from my three children, we are a very close family and my youngest daughter and her son and partner live here with me, so it's only fair I have the other two grandchildren over whenever I can. This is great fun and they have a bedroom to stay in which is decorated for children and has books and toys in it for them to play with when they get here. One of the things we bought for the room was these The Original Glowstars Company Cosmic Glow Glitter Stars which are different sized plastic stars that stick on to the roof or walls and glow in the dark when the light is turned off. These are pink stars that hold the light and glow in the dark I have no idea how they work but my grandchildren love them as they brighten up the room. These cost me £2.49 at The Works shop in town, which sells books, posters and novelty toys. There stars come in a pack of 40 and have three different sizes to use, you get a plastic adhesive sticker that pushes onto the back of the star then you stick it on the wall or roof or back of the door if you like, but they will ruin the paintwork if you have to take them off something that has been painted. I found this out too late. These are suitable for children of three years and over but it's alwys best to supervise the children when they are sticking these up otherwise you'll find them in the strangest of places ! My grandaughter put some two on the window as she said they woud light it up outside for anyone who was lost, bless her. Once you have stuck the stars on the walls or roof the light of the bulb in the room will charge them up so that they glow in the dark , they seem to get brighter after a couple of days of being up and the longer you leave the light on the brighter the results will be. My grandchildren like these stars but personally I like it dark when I go to sleep and these would annoy me if I slept with them on the roof or walls of my room as they would keep me awake, so they are not for everyone. They have been on the roof of the room for about six months now and none have fell down, the grandchildren are always asking for more of these to make a big pattern on the roof, but I think one pack is enough as the more you have the brighter the room will get and I do want them to go to sleep at night. So, if your looking for a fun novelty then this is a good option to think about to brighten any room.
My almost-teenage daughter is at the age where she likes to have her own little space in the house (her bedroom) which is decorated in just the way she likes it. Part of the space she has created for herself has involved ensuring that her room is "atmospheric" (her word, not mine!) at night when friends come over for sleep-overs, or when she has the curtains pulled and the room darkened when she is watching a movie. Part of this revamp of her room has been to place luminous stars all over her ceiling that only light up when the room is dark - and, to be honest, it is pretty effective. These stars are made by the Original Glowstars Company but we bought them off of Amazon.Co.UK for just £3.99 in a packet which contained 40 stars of different sizes. The stars, in daylight, are a pretty (quite girly!) pink and they would be attractive to most girls I think (I think most boys would prefer the yellow ones which are also available). Enclosed in the packet is also some adhesive stickers that allow you to stick the stars to the surface of your choice - whether the ceiling or the wall - or wherever. These stickers work well as they are very adhesive and they don't tend to dry out and become un-sticky. When the lights go off, these stars turn from being a light pink to a yellowy "star-coloured" colour and they literally glow and make her ceiling light up. Its very simple - and yet very effective. They don't make the room any less dark, but it just gives something within dark light that stands out. If you're lying on her bed when the room is dark and look up at the ceiling, it looks really pretty. She doesn't have it in any particular pattern i.e. particular constellations, but they are just randomly placed. The stars have been on her ceiling now for about a year, and they still emit the same luminosity. I would recommend these as they are an inexpensive and simple way to give a kids bedroom a bit of a re-vamp.
I'm in my new place now at uni, and well with it's whitewashed walls it's clean and smart looking, but just too plain and simple for my liking. As much as posters now adorn my walls, I was after some colourful stars for my ceiling too. After browsing a few websites, I came across "The original Glowstars company", which are a UK based brand specialising in all things that glow, they even do glow in the dark shower water! I purchased two sets of stars, one which turned out to be a pack of stickers, and then the 40 glow in the dark pink stars. One pack set me back £3.95. I was quite impressed as with my pack of stars, as I also received a free keyring which lights up when you press it, as well as some money off flyers for future use with the company. Call me a sucker, but it usually makes me buy with them again, if they have gone to the effort of adding this extra little detail. The stars are suitable for ages 3+, and perhaps it was my inner child which made me buy these in the first place, however I think they can be a fantastic addition to any room if you work it right, particularly any rooms in your home which have mood lighting. These particular stars though, would be fantastic for your little princess's bedrooms, as of course they are bright pink! As they are simple to arrange and put up, and also cheap to buy, I think they would be ideal for decorating kids bedrooms with, as they require little effort and you could even get the kids involved. I think they would also make for an interesting Christmas present. Each pack contains 40 pink, glittery glow in the dark stars, which are made of a light plastic. There are 3 different sizes of stars in each pack, about half and half of the small and slightly bigger stars, and then 4 larger stars. The pack also contains some self adhesive circles to attach your stars with. I only used one adhesive per star, however be warned as the larger stars did fall off my ceiling, so it's advised to use 2/3 adhesive stickers for the larger stars, particular if you do happen to stick them on the ceiling as it may cause injury if they fall off in the night, particularly to younger children. It did take a couple of nights for the glow to "charge itself" as it requires lots of light in the day before it will glow. However, this could also be down to the way my light is shaped and the fact my room isn't very light because of where it is situated. I found if you shine a torch on the stars (or a mobile phone) it does activate the glow a little more. When the stars did glow (and they now glow every night when I turn my light off), I was disappointed to find they don't glow pink, but a normal glow in the dark yellowy colour. On the back of the pack, it does say "The colour and form of the contents may differ from that shown", however it did not mention this on the website where I bought them from, which it definitely should! Having said that, in the daytime against my white ceiling the stars do look very pretty, and I know the point of them being glow in the dark is that they glow that colour, however I'm willing to overlook it really. It's just a bit misleading considering the picture on the front of the pack shows the stars glowing pink. Overall, I am a fan of The Original Glowstars Company, and these stars. Although they don't glow the colour I wanted them too, they are still a fun addition to my room, and are suitable for many purposes. When friends visit and notice my ceiling, I do get the "wow!" reaction, and I can imagine this would be tenfold for younger children who love anything colourful and pretty. As they are cheap to buy, you could mix and match colours to create a more impressive effect (although this particular company only does one colour). If I had kids I would definitely buy these for their room, it could even put a fresh spin on the baby mobile if you create a constellation which glowed instead! I think these particular stars are available on Amazon, however they can also be purchased from the site: www.theglowcompany.co.uk