A few months ago my son and I were headed to town in my car. He was playing with a glow stick. He was so good about not sticking it in his mouth. (Which is why I trusted him to play with it in the car.) Almost as soon as I pulled out of the driveway, he started telling me “It burns Mommy!”. I looked in my mirror and the glow stick had busted. It was in his eyes and his mouth. My Mommy adrenaline kicked in, I pulled over, jumped out of my car, grabbed my son out of the carseat, and started flushing his eyes out with water. (Thank God, I always carry a bottle of water with me. I’m sure it looked like I was attempting to water board my son to by passers but I was terrified) Then I called his pediatrician’s office, to see if I needed to take him to the emergency room. His pediatrician told me to flush his eyes out a couple more times, give him Benadryl and if he started having a visible reaction take him to emergency room. Thank the good Lord above, he didn’t have a reaction to it. After that day Deklin, was no longer allowed to play with glow sticks.
I’ve felt guilty about not allowing him to play with glow sticks. I know it was probably a one time thing but I just don’t want to risk it. (I thought my son was going to lose his sight) After doing some research and finding some cute ideas I decided to make him a Toddler Friendly Glow Jar. Today I’m going to show you how you can make one.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Plastic Jar with lid
Hot Glue Gun
(Originally I planned on attaching a toy figurine to a piece of fishing line, then glueing the fishing line to the lid of the jar. So it dangled inside but the glitter made it difficult to see. Which lead to a happy surprise that my toddler loves and is also why they are in the supplies picture)
First break the glow sticks to activate them. The amount of glow sticks you will need depends on the size of the jar you use.
Then using the scissors, cut the end of the glow stick off and shake the fluids of the glow sticks into jar.Then pour some glitter into the container, place the lid back on and shake it up.
Remove the lid and apply glue to the rim of the jar then replace the lid. You have to do this quickly or else the glue will harden. Then apply the hot glue between the jar itself and the lid.(The little gap at the bottom of the lid.This ensures that the liquids won’t leak out.) You’ll want to make sure there are no holes and that the lid is completely sealed. Wait for the glue to harden.
Then let your toddler play without worry. ENJOY!!
*Tip- To keep the jar glowing longer place it in the freezer when your child isn’t playing with it.