Both of us enjoyed The Little Squeegy Bug that we brought home from the library. My favorite part of the story was when an old caterpillar brought a scared and tired squeegy bug home after acknowledging that a squeegy bug was a stranger. We had a few discussions about how to deal with strangers and how we want to approach them as potential friends. That said, we do have discussions about importance of not going off anywhere with strangers without asking “her adult” for permission first.
To extend the story, we made a firefly out of an empty water bottle. For once, Anna was excited about the craft – she usually likes 3D creations better than paper crafts. She especially liked putting a glow stick inside of the bottle to make a firefly glow. There was also a mini science experiment involved in this project – we reused one of our 4th of July glow sticks. When we got back from 4th of July party Anna and I did a quick Internet research and found out that you can give the glow sticks a bit of a second life if you freeze them while they are still glowing and then reheat them for 10-15 seconds in a microwave. It did work out beautifully and we spent about 30 minutes in the dark closet playing with the firefly and chasing/being chased by imaginary monsters.
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