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