One of the many things I love about summer break is the chance to craft with my children! I’m always on the lookout for fun, simple projects that we can make using items we have around the house. I had seen this firefly kids craft project idea on Pinterest a few times and knew that my kids would love the activity, since watching and catching fireflies is a treasured childhood summertime activity. These kids craft fireflies will never fly away, unlike the real ones! Keep reading to learn how I made kid friendly fireflies that light up.
- Jumbo Easter Eggs
- Sticky Eyes
- Glue Dots
- Chenille Stems
- Tea Lights
- Bright Fabric Sheets
- Oval Die Cut Shape
I prepared all the items ahead of time and set them out so my kids could craft. This would be a great activity to do with a large group of kids at summer camp, story time, or play groups. Younger kids will need a little help twisting the stems, but older kids can make this project independently.
To prepare the materials for the kids craft, you will need to:
1. Punch holes in the easter eggs using the Crop-A-Dile Tool. Punch two holes on the top for the antenna, and six holes on the bottom for the legs. Try to line them up so you have three pairs of two (see picture).
3. Die cut the wings from the bright fabric sheets. I recommend these sheets because they are not like cotton fabric, so they won’t fray. They cut like plastic so you won’t have to worry about sealing the edges. I used the smallest oval from the nested shapes to cut wings in various colors.
Set out all the materials and let your kids start crafting! You could work on these assembly line style, or do like I did and set everything out at once to let kids work at their own pace. My little ones enjoyed this activity so much that they each made 3, and asked to make more! You can watch our short video here to learn exactly how we made our kids craft firefly bugs that light up.
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Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at morenascorner.com. Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!