Bug Week: FireFlies

“The Very Lonely Firefly” by Eric Carle

We didn’t have this story in our daycare library, so thanks to You Tube I was able to find a video version!! 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQjhsslpAH0

At the end of the story we will make fireflies, using black construction paper, an unsharpened pencil with an eraser, & yellow paint.

The kids will dip eraser in yellow paint and tap it all over the black paper to make it look like fireflies flashing in the night. Simple, easy & they will love it.


Rhyme: Firefly’s Go Flash

Jean Warren

( Tune to: The Wheels on the Bus)

 The fireflies at night go flash, flash, flash

Flash, flash, flash…flash, flash, flash.

The fireflies at night go flash, flash, flash

off and on.

Song Activity: Kids can open and close their fingers like they are “flashing or blinking” or they can use flashlights turning them on and off.

Art Project: Firefly Puppet

Supplies Needed:

  • Firefly print out
  • large google eyes
  • markers, crayons or paint
  • craft sticks or paper towel rolls.

The children will color or paint the firefly printout. When completed we will add google eyes. Depending on child’s craft skill level you will cut the firefly out and help them paste it to a craft stick or a paper towel roll.

Learning Time: Sort The Insects: Insect or Not?

This printable has 9 insects and 9 animals. Print on cardstock paper. Have children take turns in deciding if print out is an insect or animal, sorting them in 2 piles. Insect? or NOT!?

This activity can be left as a center for the remainder of bug week.

Letter/Number: How Many Flashes Did You See?

With firefly puppets in hand, I will gather kids to play a game. Children can take turns rolling dice. The number rolled will be the number of flashes we can count. Child can flash the flashlight behind puppet lighting it up while we all count flashes.

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