My kiddos are obsessed with insects, bugs, spiders or anything else that crawls, flies or stings right now. So a few weeks ago we started collecting all those stinging little creatures and began making a specimen chart. It has been a lot of fun for the kiddos and even I am starting to enjoy it too. The more I learn about these little creatures the more I am appreciating them. Of course with it being summer their latest obsession has been with fireflies. So after a quick google search I found a bunch of fun and educational activities for the kiddos to do. I printed off the following from teachwithme.com. This firefly info sheet is amazing and we all learned so much from it. You must read it…seriously! The firefly fan book was also a fun coloring and tracing activity.
We spent the day learning about fireflies while we waited impatiently for dark to arrive.
Once it was dark, we grabbed our nets and headed outside. It didn’t take long before we had a jar full and I am pretty sure that we could have spent all night out there if it wasn’t for the thunderstorm that was rolling in. Although the kiddos did love that we were catching lightning bugs when it was lightning outside. They still think that the lightning bugs caused the lightning storm to start.
My sweet little girl wanted to sleep with the jar beside her bed that night. Tears and all she convinced me, but only if she agree to let them go early in the morning.
She stuck to her promise and the next morning we all watched as they were set free…tears and all.
It was just as fun to watch the kiddos let them go as it was to watch them catch them. They really are amazing little beetles. Have you caught fireflies this summer yet? And please tell me we are not the only ones collecting bugs this summer!