Ladies it's that time of year...you know...when the weather warms up and the kids are home for two months. Well my kiddos are out of school starting this Friday. Yep, this year has flown by. Sigh. My son is going to officially be a 7th grader and the twins are just one year closer to kindergarten. Where does the time go?
This summer I have vowed to be the Queen of Creative Fun. Yep, that's me. If I can find a cheap, fun thing to do, I'm all over it this summer. So while trying to come up with ideas...I found this. It brought back so many memories. So I'm going to share this one with you. Hope you like it.
The Simple Joy of Catching Fireflies~ (http://www.chocolatecakemoments.com/)
Today’s summer activity for kids, #15 in our 51 Easy Summer Family Fun Activities series, is a simple one – summer is all about catching fireflies. Summertime is special for kids because they get to play outside AFTER dinner. There is still enough light out that they can eke a few more games out of their friends or a few more bike rides around the block before it’s time to go in for the night. Last night, while we were out socializing with the neighborhood we noticed that the fireflies were thick. Everyone’s yard was twinkling like fairy dust. It was magical.
Fireflies represent pure joy. Tiny little sparks of light flying around on warm sunny evening are fun to watch. I don’t know a person out there who doesn’t smile at the memories they have catching fireflies in the summer time. They are slow and easy to catch, don’t look as frightening as many other bugs, and they light up. How could you not love that?
So, share this joy and wonder with your kids by catching fireflies tonight after dinner. Here’s what you need to do:
- 1. Wait until close to sunset. (Put on bug spray! I don’t know about where you live but the blood sucking mosquitos are thick already.)
2. Watch for the tiny sparks of light. They like to hang out by low hanging trees or wooded areas.
3. When you see a firefly, cup your hand and CAREFULLY put your hand over the top of the firefly as you cup your other hand and bring it up underneath the firefly. Make sure your kids understand that these creatures are fragile and must be handled with care.
4. Now, you can either just watch it crawl over your hand, or put it in a glass jar with holes punched in the lid, or gently help your firefly into a bug catcher. Any way you decide to catch and watch them works. The jar is nice when you get a few fireflies inside and it starts to look like a lantern. Tomorrow my daughter and I are going to make a firefly catcher so we’ll show you how it went.
I also like the kids’ bug catchers because you can put many different kinds of bugs inside and the sides are mesh so you don’t need to worry about making air holes. (My daughter has offered hospitality to many caterpillars and toads in our bug catcher. She puts sticks inside for them to eat. She doesn’t seem to understand why they don’t eat sticks. Have you ever seen a toad eat a stick? I didn’t think so, but she never listens to me.)
5. Remember to release the fireflies before you go to bed, if not sooner. They only live a day or two anyway so why make them spend their short life in a jar where they can’t fly?
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