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Glow-in-the-Dark Fairy Mason Jar Night Lights

If you have a fairy fan at your house you will love this super cool DIY fairy jar craft project! With just a couple simple materials you can make a mason jar night light that will actually glow in the dark. This fairy craft is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th garde, and 6th graders.  Whether you make your fairy light jars as a fun summer activity for kids or as a tinkerbell craft – this is sure to be a hit in your house!

If you have a fairy fan at your house you will love this super cool DIY fairy jar craft project! With just a couple simple materials you can make a mason jar night light that will actually glow in the dark. This fairy craft is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th garde, and 6th graders.  Whether you make your fairy light jars as a fun summer activity for kids or as a tinkerbell craft - this is sure to be a hit in your house!

Fairy jar

We made our fairy jar back in 2011 before it was all the rage. Back then we made it with glow in the dark paint to it would glow over and over again night after night. Since then some creative person discovered you can add glow sticks to the jar to make a much more vibrant glow. I added our project we made with this glowstick technique for you to compare. No matter which way you make your fairy light mason jar this is sure to be a favorite craft for kids from preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students. We made ours as a summer craft for kids that we had on our summet list.

All you need are a few simple supplies to make this project: glass Mason canning jar glow in the dark paint Glow in the dark stick

Fairy light jars

All you need are a few simple supplies to make this project:

Fairy light mason jar

Mason jar night light

The inspiration behind our first jars was actually fireflies! I loved catching lightening bugs in summer evenings at my Grandma’s house. I wanted them to stay in my jar with me forever. But we had to let them back where they belonged in nature. This firefly jar will glow over and over again, night after night!

fairy mason jar

Summer Crafts for Kids

Use colors you like to make little dots out of the glow-in-the-dark paint all over the outside of the jar.  Allow it to dry completely. You can add your favorite Disney Fairy such as Bess, Fira, Tinker Bell, Lily, Beck, Prilla, Rani, and Vidia to the inside with some twigs, leaves, etc. My kids LOVED this part!

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Summer Activities for Kids

As you can see the jars have a pretty glow and you can tell the difference between the colors you use. I think they are so pretty. They will fade throughout the night, but recharge again if sitting by a sunny window to absorb light.

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Fairy light mason jar

If you want a more DRAMATIC look, you do not add a fairy (unless you don’t mind not playing with her anymore) and you will activate several thick glow sticks according to the package instructions- you know snap in the middle and shake. Now cut the top off and pour the liquid into the jar and add your lid. Close the lid of your jar and shake it up to get it to coat the inside of the jar.  For ours we did both the glow in the dark paint AND the glow stick for a more multi-dimmensional look.

glow in the dark lightening bug craft

WARNING: The liquid is not meant for children or playing with. I don’t suggest you get it on your skin or leave it unattended with children lest they unintentially swallow the material trying to glow or something odd like kids can sometimes do. So although we tried it this way to see the EPIC glow. As a cautious parent, we stuck with our simple, a little less vivid method.

fairy light jars

Fairy mason jar

This is such a fun summer activity for kids to clebrate lightening bugs, fairies, or just enjoy running around in the great outdoors!

Have you ever heard of a lemon volcano? Kids are going to love this fun, creative,volcano experiment that screams summer! This simple lemon volcano experiment is perfect for curious kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. All you need are a few simple materials to make some amazing erupting lemon volcanos! Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. The goal of an amazing science experiment for kids is to grab kids attention and make them wonder why did that happen, how could that work, and I want to try that! This leak proof bag is such a simple science experiment for kids that explores polymers. What's best is this amazing science experiment with everyday materials! Try this water experiment with kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. Bring some beach fun home with this super simple, sand slime. This sand slime recipe is quick and easy to make for your beach theme or a summer activity for preschoolers.  Kids of all ages, from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students will LOVE this beach slime!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

Here is a great hands-on learning activity for kids to do at home, for busy bags, or in the car during a family road trip. These pattern block printables contain twenty different shape puzzle cards which kids will love. These shapes pattern worksheets are a fun math shape activity for kids from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too. Simply download pdf file with shape patterns printables and grab your shape blocks to make cool pictures out of shape picture templates.  Make fun art projects while practicing counting to 10 with this fingerprint counting printables. This fun math activity for preschoolers, pre k, toddlers, and kindergarteners is a no prep, FREE printable counting activity for kids!  Help kids get excited to practice a variety of math and litearcy skills with these Princess Worksheets! These (inspired by) disney princess worksheets are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and 2nd graders too.  Simply download pdf file with free printable princess worksheets and you are ready to make learning FUN with princess printables. Have fun learning you’re ABCs with this super fun, free printable pirate worksheets. This pirate alphabet learning activity is a great for your toddler, preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age  students to learn their alphabet letters. On each of the pirate theme abc worksheets is a treasure map to find and color the clipart with the beginning sound featured on the alphabet workheet, alphabet tracing by the pirtae skull and crossbone flag, and find the letter by the treasure chest. This alphabet activity is such a fun, no prep way to learn letters from A to Z. Simply download the pdf file for this preschool pirate theme printables that requires no prep work whatsoever. 

Preschool Worksheets

Have you tried making your own diy puffy paint? It's really easy to whip up a batch of puffy paint recipe that will delight and engage children to create. This is a special kind of 3d painting for kids using homemade foam paint. You will love how easy it is to make this diy foam paint to let toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders creat amazing artwork! If you have a fairy fan at your house you will love this super cool DOY fairy jar craft project! With just a couple simple materials you can make a mason jar night light that will actually glow in the dark. This fairy craft is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th garde, and 6th graders.  Whether you make your fairy light jars as a fun summer activity for kids or as a tinkerbell craft - this is sure to be a hit in your house!  quick and easy-to-make peanut butter playdough. This simple playdough recipes is no cook and made without creatm of tarter! Best part, afer your kids are done playing, this is a completely edible peanut butter playdough recipe! This edible playdough recipe is perfect for celebrating PB&J Day on April 2nd, Peanut Butter Day on January 24th, a hands-on back to school activity, or just as a playful sensory activity for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first graders any day.  You will love this outrageously fun painting with cars activity where kids will make a cheery rainbow painting using hotwheel vehicles. This rainbow painting for kids is a silly rainbow painting ideas that your kids will LOVE! Use this for a rainbow theme, car theme, spring theme, or just a fun play ativity with kids. Try this car activities for kids with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students. 

Preschool Activities

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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