Psst! Twilight is upon us and soon night will fall. And guess what happens then? The fireflies come out to dance!
We have so many childhood memories of chasing fireflies in the backyard, collecting them in a jar, and watching as they share their magical light! It was always bittersweet when the end of the evening arrived and we had to release them back to the night.
Luckily, just in time for our Summer Reading Club festivities, we came across this idea of using glow in the dark paint to create a glowing firefly jar that you can enjoy all summer long!
Welcome to Crafty Saturdays! Every Saturday from now through August, our Summer Reading Club site will feature a fun craft that you can make, along with a book that makes the craft even more special.
Now, here’s how to make the glowing firefly jar:
First, here’s what you will need: a container of glow in the dark paint (available at most craft stores), a paint brush, and a jar.
Then, paint “fireflies” inside the jar.
Allow the paint to dry outside in the sun. The more sun exposure, the longer the paint will glow in the dark!
After making the craft, read The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle, available at the library!
When a very lonely firefly goes out into the night searching for other fireflies, it sees a lantern, a candle, and the eyes of a dog, cat, and owl all glowing in the darkness. It even sees a surprise celebration of light. But it is not until it discovers other fireflies that it finds exactly what it’s looking for.
Read it with a flashlight in the dark or under the table–and watch those fireflies glow!