When it comes to livening up a gloomy bayou, no one’s got it covered better than a certain Cajun firefly named Ray. Not only can he play zydeco music on a caterpillar squeezebox but, with one quick whistle, he can round up his whole firefly family to illuminate the night with hundreds of tiny twinkling lights. Here’s a bright idea that will have your child glowing: filling a jar with a whole bunch of paper fireflies.
Time: 20 minutes
What You’ll Need
- Colored craft or scrapbook paper (yellow, lavender, and black)
- Fine-tipped black marker
- Yellow glitter glue
- Large plastic jar with a cover
- Glue dots
How To Make It
- Print out the template and cut out the pieces. Cut out a bunch of firefly glow circles from yellow paper. For each circle, cut out two pairs of wings from lavender paper and two body shapes from black paper.
- Working with one circle at a time, glue a body shape onto the center. Then cover the body with a pair of wings, positioning them just below the head, to create the top view of a firefly. Have your child use the marker to draw on antennae, legs, and a line that divides the top of the wings, as shown.
- Now flip the circle over and create the underside of the firefly, this time first gluing on the wings and then topping them with a body. Draw on antennae and legs. Then apply yellow glitter glue to the lower portion of the body to simulate the flash of a firefly's abdomen. Set the circle aside for the glitter glue to dry.
- Use glue dots to randomly attach the completed fireflies to the inner surface of the jar so that the underside is against the plastic. Encourage your child to turn the bugs in different directions so that some are crawling upwards and others point down or sideways.
Cutting should be done by an adult.