Firefly Jar

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Whether you say "firefly" or "lightning bug", we all love to see those incredible blinking bodies come summertime! Make this cute firefly catching jar that's sure to attract more fireflies than any other!If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Bug Noisemakers.

What You’ll Need:
*Small clear glass or plastic jar (we used a baby food jar)
*Yellow construction paper (about 5inx3in piece per craft)
*Paint, paintbrush

*Make sure the jar is clean and dry.
*Did you know? Fireflies, or lightning bugs, talk to each other with their blinking lights. Firefly lights are more efficient than a regular lightbulb and even a fluorescent bulb! Incandescent bulbs only uses 10% of its energy as light, a flourescent bulb uses 90% of its energy as light, while a firefly uses 100% of its energy as light! All living things (even us!) have the chemical ATP which initiates the glowing light, but fireflies have an enzyme which will glow when mixed with that chemical. Firefly eggs even glow! Find out more about fireflies by clicking here.

*Cut out wings from the yellow paper -- it's easier if all the wings are connected on one piece of paper.

*Glue the wings to one side of the jar.

*Paint the face and antennae on the opposite side of the jar. Now catch some fireflies in your jar and watch them glow!
*Send us a picture of your kids and their firefly jars we may post it to our site!

Suggested Resources:
*Check out this fun interactive firefly game from the National Children's Museum.
*Play the Bug Splat Game: another great "bug" idea from My Activity Maker.

This activity can be found in the Arts & Crafts section of our site.