FIREFLIES IN A JAR
Level: ECE, Primary
Grades: Pre-K-2 | Age: 2-8 | Written by:
Mary Beth Knippel
[Mary Beth is a teacher from Son Shine Preschool in Rice Lake, WI.]
Students can make a picture of fireflies in a jar using construction paper and glow-in-the-dark paper.
What You Need:
What You Do:
- Black Construction Paper
- Wax Paper
- Aluminum Foil
- Glow in the Dark Confetti or Florescent Paper
- On a 9X13 sheet of Black Construction Paper cut out the shape of an oversized canning jar.
- Have the children put glue dots onto the black paper.
- Provide Glow-in-the-Dark confetti and have each child place a "dot" on each glue "dot"
- Cover entire piece of black paper with wax paper. (This gives the appearance that the fireflies are in a jar)
- Trim off excess wax paper.
- Take a piece of aluminum foil and glue to what would be the lid of the jar.
- Voila! you have just gone camping and caught a number of fireflies that REALLY GLOW!!
This activity is great for working on fine motor skills of young children.
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