My daughter loves bugs, worms and snails. She loves reading about insects and she is not in the least squeamish about handling them. She always tries to feed her insects and snails by preparing them “tasty salads” and cannot understand why they always try to scoot away from her. I have to say that I don’t necessarily share her enthusiasm. I dislike spiders most, but big bugs don’t really make me happy either, especially if they look like cockroaches. But I am trying to suck it up for my daughter’s sake and encourage her interest in living things. I do draw a line at her desire to bring bugs inside, and hope that her wish for the spider in her room so she can watch it spin its web will not come true. One of her favorite books recently is Insect World from A Child’s First Library of Learning. Seriously, this series is awesome – I think they should reprint it. I am learning a lot of new things about insects from Smarty now.
When I asked Smarty which bug is her favorite, she said immediately, Firefly! So I thought that it would be nice to make one. In fact it was kind of “2 in 1” craft – first we made a butterfly with a coloring page and a craft stick. Smarty reluctantly went along after I promised to her that in the evening this butterfly will “magically” transform itself into a firefly. And it did… with a help of a glow stick and a rubber band. Very exciting craft, especially since it officially delayed bedtime by about 30 minutes :) This craft could also work with fictional books like The Very Lonely Firefly.