Family Time Calendar: Firefly Chase

The evenings are about as long as they're going to get, and sundown may even surpass your smallest family member's bedtime about now. Use up the last of the energy that seems to come with the extra daylight hours in a family firefly chase. These bugs usually get started with their blinking before it's completely dark, so don't worry that you'll screw up your kids' schedules by letting them chase after the little flying lanterns.


What you'll need:

  • Glass jar with screw-on metal lid (poke small holes in the lid)


What you'll do:

After dinner, just as it's getting dusky, set out into the backyard. Look for those telltale blinks, and try to keep up with each one. Remind your bug hunters that quiet counts (in other words, no yelling "MOM, I SEE ONE!"). You'll probably find yourself chasing more than a few fireflies yourself. After several have been caught, watch them light up in the jar for a while. Listen to the kids name each one. Count how many times each one blinks. Then let the bugs go, wishing them a good night as they head out to resume their nocturnal flights.

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