Cool DIY Lighting Projects for Kids
The kiddos are officially out of school and ready to begin their task of making you insane for the summer. Before you begin pulling your hair out clump by clump, it may help to round up a few quick supplies for some easy and fun kid-friendly DIY projects. Using only a few simple items, you can keep your kiddos busy (at least for a while). Here are a few fun and educational lighting ideas for your tikes. *Please note: As with any project involving sharp objects, be sure that your children are under adult supervision.
Easy Light Table
Let your kids illuminate their projects with a simple and affordable light table. All you need is a large clear plastic container with a lid, tape, scissors, wax or tissue paper, and a strand of white Christmas lights. You can use battery operated or electrically powered string lights. Simply cut and line the bottom of the container with wax paper, and tape your string of lights to the inside of the of the container’s lid. Once the lights are added, plug them into a wall socket, secure the lid onto the box, and voila! Now your kids have their very own illuminated craft table.
Who doesn’t appreciate the stars? Create amazing constellations with only a few tools. All you need is a flashlight, black construction paper, a pencil, scissors and a needle. Simply use the top part of your flashlight and pencils to trace out circles or discs that will be placed securely over the lens of the flashlight. Using the scissors, carefully cut the tracings out. After that, use the needle (be careful) to punch out your favorite constellations. Place the disc on the flashlight’s lens and watch the stars align.
Jar Light, Jar Bright
If your kids just can’t get enough of the stars, or they are in need of a night light, let them create their own using a jar and a string of battery operated Christmas lights. To create this simplistic star inspired lamp, all they need is a large to medium sized clear glass or plastic jar, a pair of scissors, tin foil, mounting tape, one paper clip, batteries, and string lights. Begin by wrapping the outside of the jar in tin foil and cutting off the amount that covers the jar. Get your paper clip and begin poking holes in the sheet of foil that you cut; make the holes as small or large as you’d like. Next, cut a few pieces of mounting tape, and place them on different parts of the jar. Roll your foil onto the sticky jar. Finally, add your batteries to your sting lights. Once you see that they are working, drop your string lights into the jar, turn off the lights, and take in the gorgeous glow.
Let’s go Bowling!
Nothing beats a good game of bowling. Create a fun and illuminated game at home using water bottles and glow sticks. To create the pins, you will need 10 water bottles that are about ¾ full of water. Once you have your bottles together, add your glow sticks to the bottle and seal the cap. Now all that’s left is to align your pins in the desired area, indoors or out, grab your favorite ball and bowl a perfect game.
Hopefully these kid-friendly DIY projects keep your tikes somewhat occupied during summer break. If not, there’s always camp. Have any other ideas for fun lighting projects for kids? Feel free to leave them in the comment section below, and as always you can show us some love by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Instagram!