Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Little Squeegy Bug

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.

July7_Firefly

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 July7_Firefly2July 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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11 comments:

Debbie said...

This looks like a great book! Anna looks so happy with her water bottle firefly!

littlewondersdays said...

Such a cute project! Great way to introduce a conversation about strangers too.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Fireflies always seem to inspire! My kids would enjoy this craft...they love those glow sticks.

A couple weeks back I volunteered at our church's VBS program. We were talking to the kids about how we all can "Go and Tell" to spread God's Love to others. One child thought for a moment and then said, "but my mommy told me not to talk to strangers." It was pretty funny. He must have had the stranger discussion talk!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I've read that about glow sticks, but never tried it out. Good to know it works! And, what a fun craft idea :)

Christy said...

I have heard that about glow sticks too and wondered if it was true. Great idea. I'll have to look for that book.

Aging Mommy said...

I did not know you could reuse glow sticks - we get through a lot around here and Target have run out (I wonder why?) I love the idea of making a firefly, that is just wonderful, we will have to try that ourselves. Lovely post.

Jenny said...

Well, that is very clever - glowsticks to make a firefly. I love that idea.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I love how you used a glow stick for the firefly craft! What a neat book to go along with it. I think Emily would really enjoy this!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Glow sticks are perfect for this project. What a great idea! The book loooks fun too.

Charlene said...

She looks like she loves that firefly!

We have been reusing our glow sticks all summer by freezing them. My kids love playing glow in the dark hide and seek using the sticks. Michael's Craft store has a packet of 15 for a dollar, if anyone is looking for them.

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MaryAnne said...

I love your firefly craft! Can you re-use the glow sticks more than once?

I can't believe how long Anna's hair is getting - very pretty!