MORE SUMMERTIME FUN WITH KIDS AND FIREFLIES

MORE SUMMERTIME FUN WITH KIDS AND FIREFLIES

Fireflies in a Jar

Fireflies—or lightning bugs as we called them when I was a kid, growing up in Ohio—just say ‘summer’! And, whether we can still find them blinking in our backyards anymore or not, these fascinating and endangered creatures are a great summer topic to explore with kids.  In my last blog post, several firefly book suggestions were made in addition to my own picture book about the subject, IT’S A FIREFLY NIGHT (Blue Apple Books, 2013).  Another way to make it a ‘firefly summer’ is to work on firefly-themed craft projects together.  Lots of nifty and thrifty firefly crafts to do with kids can be found on the internet. Here are a few good ones I stumbled upon:

BUGGY AND BUDDY, an extensive resource for parents, homeschoolers, and classroom teachers created and curated by a mom who is an avid reader and former elementary school teacher.  Here’s the link to the ‘firefly’ section of the website: https://buggyandbuddy.com/firefly-crafts-kids/

KC EDVENTURES, whose mission is to offer adults the opportunity to quickly find fun activities and information that targets a child’s interests and will enhance their passion for learning. Here’s the link to the ‘firefly’ section of the website:  https://www.kcedventures.com/blog/hands-on-science-firefly-fun

TEACH WITH ME, is a site for parents and teachers looking for creative ideas to use with their children and students. ALL of the lessons and art projects have been “kid-tested” so “tips” and “heads-up’s” have been included in wonderful easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions. Here’s the link to the ‘firefly’ section of the website: https://www.teachwithme.com/blogs/getting-to-the-core/item/155-firefly-activities

ALL KIDS NETWORK, where you’ll find thousands of fun kids activities like crafts, worksheets, coloring pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more. Here’s the link to the ‘firefly’ section of the website: https://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/bugs/glowing-firefly.asp

And, if you want to make your own bug box for kids to collect fireflies and other insects in for study, here are some resources to find out how to do that, too:

EASY DiY

http://www.easydiy.co.za/index.php/garden/146-children-s-project-make-a-bug-box

STUDY.COM

https://study.com/academy/lesson/how-to-make-a-bug-box-for-kids.html

PAT CATAN’S CRAFT AND FLORAL

http://www.patcatans.com/craft-projects/kids-craft-ideas/kids-bug-box

Do YOU have a favorite craft project for kids interested in fireflies or other insects?  Please share! Meanwhile, HAPPY READING…AND CRAFTING!

Dianne

hand with crayons

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