Couple of weeks ago Ibraheem (10) and I set out to do a glow in the dark jar that I found on Education.com. Sounded straight forward and we had all the materials.
What they don’t mention, and I was not aware of, is that there is a glass vial within the plastic tube. We found out the hard way, ouch! Cutting a glow stick should never be recommended.
Upon searcing the net, I came across people using glow in the dark acrylic paints to create a similar effect.
Since we are in the month in which our beloved Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam was born, I felt this craft would be great to support and reinforce that Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam was a light from Allah, a light that guides us in the dark. He Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam was a mercy to the worlds.
” . . . There has come to you a light from Allah and a clear Book,”[Quran: 5:15]
“Indeed, in this [Quran] is notification for a worshipping people. And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” [Quran: 21:106-107]
NOTE: This idea was inspired by Sister A. She made me set up a tent, and cover it with layers of blanket last year in our Musalla. Children took turns going into the pitch dark tent. She then turned on a flashlight, using it as an analogy of how Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam is our guiding light.
I made a stencil and we used it to apply glow in the dark acrylic paint onto our jar. The picture shows the type and brand of paint we used for each jar.
The children tested it in a dark closet and the jars did not glow as bright. My poor boys were patiently applying layer upon layer of paint to make the jars really glow. They wanted these jars to be night lights as well. Sadly the didn’t glow as bright.
Alhamdulillah, besides this project we have been reading the seerah and listening to story CDs that covers the era before the blessed birth of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam and his actual birth story. They children understood the concept of how Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam was sent to guide us.
Ilyaas (5) was truly disappointed with the not-so-glowing jar. Finally, I threw in a LED tea light that illuminated the jar beautifully.
I also found this CraftBuster post (what a great idea to weed out hoax crafts!) at Little Pink Monster
with more details on how glow in the dark jars really
Our jars did not glow, but I hope these efforts will embed the glow of our Deen in my children’s hearts, Insha-Allah.