We dedicated a day this week to fireflies. I found a lot of books about fireflies, but decided to read The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle along with our firefly activities. The story was simply, the book featured classic Eric Carle illustration, and the fun surprise of fireflies that really flash light on the last page was almost more than my toddler could bare. In addition to talking about fireflies, it was a good book for a nighttime theme because it mentioned lots of other "lights" that you might see in the night. We borrowed this one from the library, but may need to add it to our permanent collection!
Read on to learn about the activities we did to accompany The Very Lonely Firefly!
GLowing Fireflies in a jar
So we went to "Plan B" and did a firefly craft instead. My husband gets credit for this craft. I am going back to work full time (teaching) and child care will be a group effort between my husband, my mom and me. That means that our "curriculum" will be more of a group effort as well!
For this craft, you'll need:
- A piece of light blue construction paper
- Yellow paint (preferably glow in the dark!)
- A black pen or marker
- Some aluminum foil
We cut a piece of light blue construction paper into the shape of a mason jar. Next, we painted T's finger with yellow glow in the dark paint (we found ours at JoAnn Fabrics) and made yellow fingerprints in several spots on the "jar." After the fingerprints dried, my husband used a marker to draw the rest of the fireflies around the glowing yellow and add some cute dotted "flight lines." A small strip of aluminum foil formed the "lid" of the jar and, voila! Glowing fireflies in a jar:
I also found a song called "Fireflies" online. There are lyrics at the link for a few firefly songs, but I liked this one best:
I like to chase the fireflies,
Chase them to and fro'
I like to watch them dart about,
Their little lamps aglow.
In the evening's twilight dim
I follow them about,
I often think I have one caught,
And then his light goes out.
I cannot tell just where he is
Until he winks, you see,
Then far away I see his light,
He's played a joke on me.
In my head, the lyrics are sung a bit like the song Tiny Tim (I Had a Little Turtle). But I suppose you could sing them any way you like!