Lighted Firefly Mural

This activity was created as a follow-up to the story “The Very Lonely Firefly”. It was developed as a fun way to display fireflies in your classroom. This mural is so sweet it will surely “light up” the hearts of you and your kids!

Recommended Grade Level: PreK-1

Supplies Needed:

Firefly Printable (replica taken from the book)

Crayons, markers, or paints (Warning! Markers and paint provide beautiful, vibrant color for the fireflies, but can cover the cutting lines for students to see.)

glue

scissors

black paint

brushes

hand-held hole punch

X-Acto knife

white Christmas lights

large piece of cardboard (Small pieces can also be used to make panels. You will want to connect them all with string.)

tape

an outlet

Directions:

Paint one side of the cardboard black and allow to dry. Print out the “Firefly” printable. Have each student color/paint and cut out. *For students with fine motor difficulties, this piece is detailed. Pre-cutting the firefly or just its arms is an option for those students. Place a few of the cut out fireflies on the cardboard to get an idea of how you want to arrange them. Once you have an idea, use the X-Acto knife to punch holes in the cardboard (not too big, you want each bulb to fit snug in its hole). A hole will also need to be punched in each firefly (at the center of the “tail”-where it would glow). Have students assist with gluing their firefly onto the cardboard. Make sure to line up the hole in the firefly to the hole in the cardboard. Once all of the fireflies have been added, add the Christmas lights. The light cord will remain behind the cardboard. Individual light bulbs should be gently pushed through each of the holes. The hole should be tight enough already to hold each bulb without support. If needed, apply tape to the backside of the cardboard to attach the cord and hold the bulb in place. Stand the cardboard up and either lean it against the wall or attach it with tacks. You are now ready for the big moment! Make sure you have pre-checked the lights to ensure that they all work. Gather the children, turn off the classroom lights, plug in your Christmas lights, and voila! A beautiful display of fireflies! At that point, children may enjoy listening to the story The Very Lonely Firefly again or to some peaceful music.

*Never leave Christmas lights unattended when on.