Several years ago I had a particularly worldly and cynical class of first graders. As a springtime activity, I had them write poems about fireflies and then draw fireflies with crayons on dark blue paper. While they were all out of the room in art class, I hung their pictures on the wall and secretly painted the tails of all of their fireflies with glow-in-the-dark paint. When they came back, I had them all sit and look at their pictures and then I turned the lights off- and the fireflies glowed! I totally expected that at least one of them would say “you must have put paint on them” but nope! They asked “how did you do it?” and when I said “It’s firefly magic!” the whole class gasped “Wow! Firefly magic!”
Children are awesome to be around because of their innocence and their ability to enjoy fantasy and experience wonder. I’m always looking for activities that will have the same impact as those little glow-in-the-dark fireflies- and bonus points if they’re cheap and/or easy to set up! I’m hoping to use this blog to share my ideas with parents and teachers who want to share the feeling of magic with the children in their lives as well.