Fireflies/Lightning Bugs Storytime

This week for storytime, I may have went a little overboard. However, it was my first storytime of the summer, and with a theme like fireflies it’s hard not to get excited about all the cool things you can do.

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Honestly, fireflies are just so cool!

I began storytime with Good Night, Firefly by Gabriel Alborozo. This a cute story about all the things you can do by firefly light, but also what happens when you keep them in a jar for too long.

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This book transitioned well into our first song, “Hunting Fireflies” that I from Small Town Story Time Lady‘s “Hunting Bugs”.

A-hunting we will go
A -hunting we will go
We’ll catch a firefly
and keep it in a jar
until we let it go!

Before this storytime I had taped about 60 paper fireflies around the room, so while we sang the song, the kids ran around “catching” fireflies and putting them into a big jar I had. The kids had so much fun doing this, and many of them wanted to keep one of the fireflies after we released them all from the jar. Although singing the song over and over again, while they collected all of the fireflies, got a bit exhausting.

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Our next story was The Very Lonely Firefly by Eric Carle. Can you really do a firefly storytime without reading this book? Its perfect for getting the kids engaged in the story, and the ending is just so exciting. We turned all the lights out when we reached the last page, so we could watch all the fireflies flash their lights.

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To continue with the theme of flashing lights, we kept the lights off, and handed out mini flashlights, that the kids could then flicker along to “I’m a Little Firefly” from The Librarian is on the Loose. The kids had so much fun with this song, and just wanted to keep doing it, but I had to cut it off at three times since we were getting short on time.

I’m a little firefly
Look at me!
I’m as happy as I can be.
See my light flicker
And shine so bright
Now watch me fly
Into the night!

I struggled choosing the last book for this storytime. I liked the idea of The Little Squeegy Bug by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson, but it is just so long. So, I decided to make it into a flannel, which allowed me to retell the story in a shorter way.

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I made fairly simple flannel pieces, for each of the characters, along with a cattail and a cloud. The best part of doing this as a flannel, was getting to put the wings onto the squeegy bug, and then give him his light.

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Finally, our craft for this wonderful storytime, was to create our own jars of fireflies. I got this idea from Learn Create Love, who also had printable mason jars that we used. I got out yellow and green paint, that the kids could then dip their fingers in to make finger print fireflies. I was really impressed with how well they all did with this. I was definitely expecting more smears, than dots. We used markers to color the jar’s lid, and give the fireflies wings. The parent’s also did a really good job this time of letting the kids cut things out themselves, with is something I’ve struggled with in the past. YAY!

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