Do you remember running through the night to try and get close enough to catch it in your hand? I remember spending summers on my grandparent’s farm in New Jersey racing behind fireflies trying to catch them. As the darkness fell, I could just see their lights flashing off and on.
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In the story The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle, a Firefly tries to catch or find for other fireflies to hang out with. For most the book the firefly finds other lights that shine in the night. Thankfully it finally meets up with a bunch of fireflies that it can be friends with. Check out our other Bug Book Suggestions for Toddlers and Preschoolers to find more books to inspire you to read together.
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Creating a Firefly Craft
You may not have fireflies where you live. We don’t have them here in South Carolina. Since we can’t go out and chase them, I thought it would be fun to make one.
This firefly craft uses supplies you may already have a home.
You will need:
- Cardboard Egg Carton
- Black Paint
- Gold or Yellow Paint
- Black Buttons
- Black Pipe Cleaners
- Wiggly Eyes
- Paint Brushes
Directions for Creating the Firefly Craft
You will need to cut out a row of three egg cups out of an egg carton. You will also need to cut two wings out of the top section of an egg carton.
Next, the egg carton pieces will need to be painted. Two of the egg cups will need to be painted black along with the wing sections. The last egg cup is the abdomen of the firefly that lights up. It will need to be painted yellow or gold. We used gold to make the firefly craft really shine.
When the paint is dry, you can poke a slit in either side of the center section for the wings. The wings can be slipped into the slots and glued in place.
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Then you will need to poke two holes in the head of the Firefly for its antennae. We thread the pipe cleaners through buttons before pushing the pipe cleaners through the holes. If you just want to keep the pipe cleaners plain that would be fine too.
Finally, you will need to attach the eyes. We attached ours to the top of the head of the firefly. You could attach it to the front of its head if you like it will make it look like the Firefly is fly forward.
Deirdre from JDaniel 4's Mom
Deirdre is the founder and author of JDaniel 4’s Mom. A teacher from South Carolina. She has 1 son JDaniel 4th. He is ten years old.
A specialist in Technology Integration as well as Early Elementary teaching she can be found sharing hands-on learning over on her blog.