Activity Time: Glowing Jellyfish Decor

Jellyfishes are cool and fun to look at! Imagine having a jellyfish-inspired décor right at your little tot’s room! Wouldn’t it be more wonderful knowing that it’s something you created together? Here’s a nice project that can exercise the creativity of you and your little one!

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  • heavy-weight paper bowls
  • white yarn
  • glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint
  • paint brushes and painting supplies
  • scissors
  • zipper sandwich bags
  • skewer or sharp pencil

Here’s how to do it!

  • Paint the bowl with the glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint. Use 2 or more coats of paint, inside and out to make it glow brighter!  
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  • Cut 10 – 12 pieces of yarn, approximately 36 inches in length for the tentacles. Place them in a zipper sandwich bag with several squirts of glow paint and seal the bag.
  • Squish the bag while the yarn is inside and make sure that they are completely covered with paint. Add water to the bag if you feel that the paint is too thick. After this, hang the yarn to dry.
  • At the center of the bowl, punch two holes about 0.5 inch apart using a skewer or sharp pencil. 
  • Cut a piece of yarn approximately 40 inches long.  Thread it through the two holes so that both ends come out the bottom of the bowl. From the inside of the bowl, pull the yarn up to form a small loop.  Thread the tentacles through and roughly center them under the loop.
  • Flip the bowl, pull the yarn taut and tie a double knot. Back on the inside, grasp the tentacles as one bunch and tie a single knot.
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  • The frilly appendages flanking the mouths of some types of jellyfish are called oral arms.  To recreate these, unravel a few pieces of yarn that hang close to the center of the bunch.
  • Charge your jellyfish creation in bright light for at least 30 minutes.  Turn out the lights and enjoy its luminous glow!

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