An easy step by step Instructable for creating an interactive child's night light.

Night lights are essential in most children's nightly routine, creating a source of comfort and protection from the monsters under the bed and creatures in the closet. This globe night light goes one step further. Not only does it create a safe sphere of light but also provides an educational and fun activity for kids. Watch their faces light up with curiosity and listen as they ask questions about places and cities they may not have heard of yet.

Let's get started--illuminate the night and your child's imagination.

Step 1: Materials

Gather the following:

  • Globe*
  • Jansjo Light
  • Coping Saw
  • 1/8" or 1/16" Clear Acrylic Rod (or both!)
  • Dremel
  • 1/8" Dremel Cutting Bit
  • Medium Dremel Drum Sander
  • Dremel Sanding Disk Bit
  • Super Glue
  • Small Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Printer
  • Toothpicks

*NOTE: I purchased the "5 political Globe made by Elenco which is readily available online (Amazon) or in stores. You can go with a different or bigger model, but you may have to get a stronger articulating light since I don't believe the Jansjo light will hold the weight of a bigger globe.

<p>How do you change the bulb?</p>
<p>great idea! my wife is obsessed with travel and i'm making her this for our anniversary</p><p>i think i'll make one modification; when i saw it my immediate thought was to use lite brite pegs to make it was easier to source and give you an array of colors to choose from- you can get a variety pack of 160 for $16 on amazon</p>
<p>Super cool idea. Thanks for sharing</p>
<p>Cool Idea :) and totally agree with M3G :). Thank you so much for sharing :)</p>
Neat idea! The thin acrylic rods can be used in so many other projects (I foresee a small, spiky disco ball in my future) :-)
<p>OOO! Spiky disco ball could be cool!</p>
<p>This is amazing! I'm going to have to make one! If you could find a different colour acrylic rod you could use one colour to mark places you've been and the other to mark places you want to go.</p>
<p>That's a great idea M3G! I love that you could switch out the colors too. The only problem I had was keeping the acrylic rod in place--using super glue to secure it's spot. But if you could find a way to keep them in and then switch them out later that would be AWESOME!</p>

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