Fireflies are a summertime delight to kids of all ages. These special insects light up warm nights with a sweeping wonder. Catching one in a mason jar (holes poked on the top!) feels like catching lightning in a bottle. True hallmarks of the season, fireflies are a real life science lesson illuminating your backyard.
Here is a clever craft celebrating these winged marvels, as well as some fun facts.
You will need:
Plastic Easter Eggs
Flameless, battery-operated LED candles
Grown-ups only: hot glue gun, a tool to pierce the eggs (screwdriver or pliers)
First, separate your eggs in half. The narrow part of your plastic egg will be the “lit” section of the craft. Grab the flatter half and pierce the top for the firefly’s antennae (grown-ups only!)
Firefly Fact: Fireflies are actually winged beetles.
Next, cut a pipe cleaner in half and loop it around for the antennae. This will help it stay in place.
Firefly Fact: The pattern in which fireflies flash their lights is specific to their own species (there are over 2,000 kinds!).
Again for grown-ups only, pierce the bottom for the legs. Make only two holes on this half of the egg. Loop them around just as you did with the antennae. Grab the other egg half and add four holes on the bottom. You will have six holes total for the legs. Bend the legs so your firefly is able to stand on its own.
Firefly Fact: Fireflies are bioluminescent. The only other insect that produces its own light is a glowworm.
Next, cut some wings out of construction paper and glue to the back of the smaller half of the egg.
Firefly Fact: Flashing fireflies don’t live west of the Rocky Mountains.
Using your hot glue gun, give these little creatures a unique face by gluing on some eyes, or create other faces on your own!
Firefly Fact: Fireflies are a moisture-loving creature and like warm environments.
Lastly, turn on your flameless tea light candle and insert it –“flame” facing out –in the back of the egg.
Firefly Fact: Fireflies are the only creatures to give off light without generating heat – a feat not even done by electricity!
Get glowing with some twilight fun!
Sources: Smithsonian.com, nationalgeographic.com, thoughtco.com