Glow Jars

Glow Jars Activity

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Could your child’s room use a little bit more firecracker sparkle? Add an explosion of glow-in-the-dark color to his nighttime oasis with these spectacular glow jars that double as practical—if somewhat short-lived—nightlights.

What You Need:

  • Mason jars
  • Glow sticks
  • Gloves
  • Scissors
  • Old T-shirts
  • Newspapers

What You Do:

  1. You and your child should both put on old T-shirts and gloves before you do anything. This project can get a little messy, and neither of you want splashes and splotches of glow-in-the-dark liquid on your skin or favorite clothes.
  2. Let him spread a thick layer of newspapers across his workspace.
  3. Have him use scissors to carefully cut off the end of one glow stick. Make sure he tilts the stick so that the contents of the glow stick don’t pour out once the end is snapped off.
  4. Have your child put the cut end of the glow stick into one Mason jar.
  5. Show him how to shake the stick so that the contents splatter out against the jar’s sides.
  6. Have him use about 2–3 glow sticks per Mason jar.
  7. Set the jars on your child’s desk, dresser or book case. When it’s time to go to bed, turn off the lights and bask in the radiating wonder.
Updated on Apr 17, 2014
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