World Play Day - 28 May - Weekend Activity 2

Friday is finally here and I, for one, am very grateful. As it is Friday, our blog is again dedicated to the dad’s out there, with two activities for dads and their kids to make together over the weekend.
Our night light is not only an energy saver by not using electricity, but also gets the green stamp of approval for using recycled goods – in this instance a glass jar, and our glow jar scores you parent points, as the kids will definitely ooh and aah over these magical lights.

SOLAR NIGHT LIGHT

Solar Night Light

What you need:

  • Small glass jar with lid
  • Solar garden light; be sure the light top fits into the lid of the jar
  • Solar Light
  • Glass frosting spray paint or stickers to decorate (optional)
  • Glue to secure the light to the lid

What to do:

  • Twist the top of the garden light to separate the battery pack from the garden stake. The top of the battery pack has the solar panel and bottom portion of the pack holds the small LED light.
  • Cut a hole into the lid of the jar and insert the solar pack into the lid. Position it so you can see the solar panel from the top of the lid.
  • Secure the battery pack to the lid of the jar.
  • Night Light Top
  • Decorate your jar
  • Place the lid on the jar and sit it in a sunny location so the solar panels on the top of the jar can collect sunlight.
  • As soon as the room darkens, the jar will light up.

MAGICAL GLOW JAR

Glow Jar

This activity has 2 versions, the glow stick one lasts only for the evening, while the glow in the dark paint one will last for a long time.
The netting that is used is also optional, but it does give a 3D effect, looks like there are glowing spots suspended inside the jar – way cool when you convince your child you are holding a bottle of tiny fairies/moon dust.

What you need (Glow stick version):

  • A glass jar
  • Glow sticks
  • Some lace curtain netting
  • Scissors

What to do: (parents only)

  • Open the jar and place your netting inside
  • Crack and activate your glow stick
  • Hold your glow stick over the open jar and carefully cut the tip off. Be careful as there is glass in the glow stick tubing
  • Splatter the liquid into the jar and give it a good shake
  • Screw the lid on tightly so it can’t be opened
  • This will only glow for a couple of hours, so only do this at night.

What you need (Glow in the dark paint version)

  • A glass jar
  • Glow in the dark paint (available at most hardware and art & craft stores)
  • A small paint brush
  • Some lace curtain netting

What to do:

  • Stir the paint as per instruction and put little globs of paint all over the netting
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  • Use the tip of your paint brush to place little blobs of paint all on the inside of the jar, big ones and small ones, so that the jar looks speckled
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  • Allow it to dry and place the netting inside
  • Put the lid on and place it in the sun or near a light to charge
  • Switch out the lights and prepare to be amazed

Hopefully this will convince the kids to go to bed a little earlier with their new night lights and fairy/moon jars, and leave mom and dad to congratulate themselves (in the ensuing peace and quiet) on a bit of parenting well done.
Enjoy the weekend everyone, and if you haven’t already, try out all our other blog post activities. They really are fun.

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