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There is a good bit of TV in our house, but it may have something to do with the fact that my husband is in the entertainment industry. Learning all the new shows, watching a few episodes of each and spending time on quality programs with my kids takes a seat on the couch each day. My kids like to watch creative shows with positive mantras and I adore the educational and inspirational aspects. With the artsy additions of Creative Galaxy and the fun of learning in Tumbleleaf have rounded out our selections nicely. Next up on our schedule is a new original animated series from Amazon, Niko and the Sword of Light, premiering on July 21.
We follow 10-year-old Niko (the last of his kind) through a fantastical world, as he embarks on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. The new fantasy adventure actually won an Emmy Award for JUST the pilot! The series features the voices of Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Andre Robinson (Doc McStuffins), Steve Blum (Star Wars: Rebels). It’s an epic adventure series, full of comic-book style art, introspection, pretend play and more. Below is the trailer for the pilot episode, which inspired my Sword of Light craft:
Red was hooked the moment the glowing environment came alive on-screen. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way. It was this magical sword that caught my eye. I won’t spoil how Niko finds or wields the sword, but I was entranced by the use of light in the series. Imagine substances and surfaces GLOWING on-screen, much like a Thomas Kincaid painting. It was marvelous when the gooey, green goo glowed and flowed through Niko’s Land of Darkness, but inspiring when his sword glowed from inside with blue light. I had to capture it!
After screening the pilot with Red, I thought about his favorite aspects of play. He loves to dress up, wheeling around vehicles, and playing pretend. My adoration of the glowing animation coupled with his love of pretending meant that we had one clear objective: to create the Sword of Light… and make it GLOW! Watch the Video tutorial below for full instructions and the secret ingredient to its luminous finish!
That’s right! It’s UV black light paint that not only reacts to black light but absorbs light and lasts a LONG time in the dark. Red can battle the darkness during the day AND the night. Oh, and in the bathrooms and closets where it’s SUPER dark, too.
Check out that glow power! I could almost use the Sword of Light as a flashlight in the dark craft room. It truly looks like it’s made of light in the dark! The sparkly fun foam and glitter duct tape allow the sword to glisten in the daytime, too.
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