Read It Make It: Paperbag Firefly

Fly, Firefly written by Shana Keller and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki is cleverly written and will help your child connect to the natural world. Keller was inspired by a letter written by Rachel Carson (Silent Spring) and relates the story of a lone firefly being carried out to sea. The firefly mistakes the bio-luminescence for fellow fireflies. In addition, this picture book adds a short history about Rachel Carson and information about fireflies. Did you know a firefly is not a fly, it is a beetle?

Cover image for Fly, firefly

After sharing Fly, Firefly you can work on this simple firefly craft with your child.

Paperbag Firefly

Materials

  • Brown lunch sack
  • Black and yellow crayons
  • Wax paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White construction paper
  • Black construction paper
  • One black pipe cleaner

Instructions

  1. Cut a rounded shape (see pic above) around the open end of the lunch sack. Make sure the closed bottom part of the lunch sack is facing outward.
  2. Color the rounded area of the lunch sack yellow.
  3. Color the entire upper area of the lunch sack black.
  4. Cut four medium ovals from the wax paper (these will be the wings).
  5. Glue the ovals to the back of the lunch sack, with 2/3 of the oval visible from the front, colored part of the lunch sack.
  6. Bend the pipe cleaner and glue the bent area to the top of the lunch sack in the back. You want the antenna to be visible from the front of the lunch sack.
  7. Cut two small circles from the white construction paper and two even smaller circles from the black construction paper.
  8. Glue the two black circles onto the two white circles and glue them to the lunch sack (using the picture above as your guide)
  9. Lastly, cut a small mouth shape from the white construction paper. It can be similar to the one in the picture or you can be creative.
  10. Congratulation! Your firefly is complete!

It won’t be long before you see fireflies flying around in your yard.