Firefly Craft

 

 

The other night we let the kids stay up a little later to catch fireflies.  It was their first time trying to catch fireflies (or lightning bugs, if you prefer), and they had a blast!

 

firefly

 

I couldn’t believe how fast they were!  In no time at all they had over 30 in their little jar.

preschool firefly craft

“Look, Mommy!”

 

The next morning my youngest preschooler was still talking about how he “got to stay up all night” and all the fireflies they caught.  He couldn’t wait to do it again!

Since you can’t catch fireflies in the daytime, I pulled out the craft supplies and got things ready for a firefly craft.

 

lightning bug craft

 

To create your own jar of fireflies, first cut out some large paper jars from white paper.  (To make the jar symmetrical I folded the paper in half vertically and cut out the shape of half a jar; opening it revealed a nice, symmetrical jar shape.)

Then I mixed yellow paint and plenty of glitter.  (I wish you could see in the picture how they sparkle in the light!)

The lightning bug bodies are just fingerprints.   While the fingerprints are drying, paint the lids on the jars.  Once the fireflies dry, use a black marker to create wings and antennae.

The kids added some grass to their jars, too, just like in our jar of real lightning bugs.

 

preschooler lightning bug craft

 

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American Flag Craft

 

 

With the 4th of July coming up, I thought it was the perfect time to talk a little more about our flag.  Kids learn by doing — so I decided we’d make flags of our own.

I prepped for our craft by cutting out plenty of red and white strips and a couple blue rectangles.  I cut a paper bag in half to use as a surface to glue our flags to.

Then I called the kids to the kitchen.

We examined the American flag carefully, counting the stripes and talking about the colors.  My daughter impressed me when she said, “Each of the stars represents one of the states!”  Good memory from our talk on Memorial Day!

Then they got to work, gluing red and white stripes onto their brown paper.  It was good practice in patterns for the 4 year-old.

 

4th of July flag craft

 

We stopped periodically to count the stripes.  I had cut more than needed because I wanted them to learn that there are 13 stripes and then count and recreate that in their craft.

Once they had all the needed stripes, they glued their blue rectangle onto the flag.

Kids LOVE glitter.  (And I love glitter glue because it gives the sparkle with less mess!)  While they painted their blue rectangle with glitter glue, I hole-punched a bunch of white “stars” for them to stick on to the flag.

I think they turned out pretty cute!

 

preschooler flag craft

 

Looking for more patriotic fun?  Check out our Patriotic Sensory Play!

 

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Coffee Filter Crafts

 

 

Time to use that science experiment with the coffee filters we did last week for a craft!

Our first coffee filter craft was a flower.

The flowers are super easy!  We chose to use some fancy scissors with a scalloped edge to trim the top of each coffee filter.  You could totally skip that step if you want to.

Then, all you do is open up the coffee filter, pinch the bottom part and wrap a green pipe cleaner tightly around the bottom.

coffee filter craft

(I had to help my youngest to make sure the pipe cleaner was good and tight.)

My daughter was thrilled to have her very own bouquet!

 

preschool coffee filter craft

 

Our second craft out of coffee filters was a butterfly.

First we folded the coffee filter accordion style.

 

craft with coffee filters

 

 

Then we cut along the seems and opened it up to make the wings.  (Our filters were cone-shapped.  For regular filters just fold the filter in half and cut a triangular wedge from each side to form wings.)

We glued a clothes pin onto the “wings” to make a body.  Then we added google eyes and hot glued sparkly pipe cleaner for antennae.

 

coffee filter butterfly

 

They both have been having fun flying their creations around.

I think they would be super cute on the refrigerator, too!  You just need to glue a magnet onto the back.

 

 

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Fairy House

 

 

Last year my daughter and I made our very first fairy house.  So when I found this super cute (affiliate link) Pinkalicious: Fairy House book at the library, I had to get check it out!

 

And, of course, after reading the book we had to make our own fairy house!  Last year our little garden fairy house was made out of some old plywood I found in the barn, and afterwards I had a bad sinus infection….  This year we decided to check out the recyclables to build our fairy house!

I found some large carry-out plates that I thought would be fun to put the fairy house in, that way the fairies could have their very own garden!  My oldest preschooler found some other plastic containers to use for the actual fairy houses, and then we pulled out the craft drawers, looking for odds and ends to decorate with.

 

making a fairy house

 

Once he heard we were making fairy houses for the garden, my little Monkey decided he wanted to join in the fun, but his house was going to be a beetle house!  (What can I say?  He loves beetles!)

I cut the bottoms of the yogurt containers off and hot glued them to the top for roofs.  I also cut doors in the containers, all the while they hunted for just the right objects to decorate with.

Peanut came up with some adorable ideas for inside the fairy house! (I hot glued them to the sides of the house so they would stay put.)

 

fairy house craft

The back wall has a princess sticker. A ribbon wrapped around cotton made a nice bed. And don’t you just love the flower bead on the cap there?

 

Since we were using the hot glue gun, I took turns with them, asking them where to glue each item to their houses.

My youngest preschooler decided his beetle houses needed some fun spaceship signs, so we stuck the foam stickers on toothpicks.

 

bug house craft

 

 

Then we went outside, added some potting soil and a few hen and chicken plants and got it all set up.

 

preschooler fairy craft

 

He chose a nice, shady spot for his beetle houses, beneath my bleeding heart bush.

 

My oldest got very involved decorating her house — the fairies will be impressed!

 

how to make a fairy house

 

 

She even used a milk cap as a swimming pool for the fairies.  It’s a lovely vacation home!

 

making a fairy house

 

I have found her several times now just staring at her fairy home, waiting for the fairies to arrive…

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Have you made a fairy home or some other type of play home with your kids?