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Friday, July 25, 2008

Firefly / glow bug

glow_bug_angle

(This idea came home from school.)

Materials:
  • empty and dry clear plastic water bottle
  • construction paper (approx 20cm x 20cm / 8" x 8") cut into the shape of wings
  • things with which to decorate the wings of the bug (shown are glue and glitter, could also use stickers, markers, paint etc)
  • small piece of paper the size of the top of the cap of the bottle (shown is a circle approx 3cm in diameter / just over an inch in diameter)
  • things with which to decorate the face of the bug (shown is marker, could also use stickers, markers, paint etc)
  • glue
  • glow stick / light stick approximately the length of the bottle (shown is approx 20cm / 8") -- the more glow sticks you have the brighter the bug glows!

Instructions:
  • apply decorations to the construction paper cut out for the wings (see view below)
    glow_bug_top

  • glue the wings to the bottle and wait until glue dries (I prefer to let the glue set overnight) -- you can continue with the face part, as there's more gluing there and more overnight waiting too
  • decorate the face of the bug
  • while the bottle cap is screwed snuggly onto the bottle, glue or tap the face of the bug with the face oriented appropriately relative to the wings and let the glue dry (I prefer to let the glue set overnight)
    glow_bug_front

  • when it's dark, or when you have access to a dark room, activate one or more of your glow sticks and put them in the bottle
  • close bottle cap
Enjoy your firefly!

glow_bug_side

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