As the sun sets on a warm summer evening, children eagerly scan the dusk-filled skies for a flicker of enchantment. Fireflies, that twinkle like stars, have captured the imaginations of generations, igniting a sense of wonder.
Bring that wonder to craft time where kids can create their very own firefly with our handprint firefly craft. This glowing insect is customized with your child’s handprint for its delicate wings.
Watching fireflies light up the night sky is just one of our favorite camping activities for kids. Check out our list for even more fun activities you can do as a family.
Paper Firefly Craft
This is a great craft for doing at home on a hot summer’s day or in the classroom when learning about different insects!
Kids will cultivate their scissor skills and dexterity as well as foster a love for the natural world and the beauty found even in its smallest inhabitants.
Our step-by-step instructions are accompanied by a printable template to help your kids bring a paper firefly to life and illuminate their imaginations.
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Firefly template (enter your email in the form at the end of the post to get the template)
Download the firefly template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Start by gluing the head to the right end of the firefly’s body.
Take the antenna and glue it to the top and back of the firefly’s head.
Place the lighted abdomen piece on the left side of the firefly’s body and glue it in place.
Next, glue the eye beneath the eyebrow.
Take the three legs and glue them to the back and bottom of the firefly’s body.
Trace your child’s handprint onto a piece of light gray paper two times and cut them out. Glue one handprint to the back and top of the firefly’s body. Take the second handprint and glue it to the middle and front of the firely’s body.
Be sure to check out all of our handprint crafts while you’re here, your kiddos will love it!
Preschool Camping Theme For Kids
Ready to go camping?! Us too! Join us for some fun camping themed crafts and activities your preschoolers will love.
From making nature inspired crafts to engaging in interactive educational activities, we’ve compiled a list that will ignite your child’s love for camping and get them learning at the same time! See some of our favorites below.
Preschool Camping Books For Kids
Do you want to create a whole camping-themed unit to go with these crafts? If so, keep reading. We’ve got lots of great ideas to get you started!
Books are a great way to get even further into a theme! On top of that, reading to kids helps them develop a stronger vocabulary and helps them learn to focus. It’s a win-win situation!
Below are some of the top camping themed books for kids.
The Little Book of Camping- Teach young kids all about what goes into camping with this cute and simple book!
Pete the Cat Goes Camping- This book is great for little readers who love Pete the Cat. Read it before going camping to get the kids excited for their trip!
A Campfire Tail- This sweet book is a great way to talk to kids about empathy and friendship. Kids love the fun illustrations and storyline.
Preschool Camping Crafts For Kids
Get kids excited about going on an upcoming camping trip with a few crafts! They’ll provide an opportunity for family bonding and creating memories that last a lifetime. Crafting is a fun and rewarding activity that offers numerous benefits to children.
Choose some of our hand picked crafts below to get started.
Paper Campfire Craft – Do you hear the crackle of the campfire? It’s closer than you think with this fun and imaginative paper craft. This campfire masterpiece will light up your child’s imagination, so grab the template to get to crafting!
Handprint Acorn Craft – Here’s a fun and easy craft that uses your child’s handprint as the canvas! They’ll transform their little hands into a cute acorn character complete with a smiling face thanks to our free template.
Fox Paper Bag Craft – With just a paper bag and a few supplies, your kiddo will have a lively fox companion to play pretend and tell entertaining stories with. As they give their fox its distinctive features, they develop important skills and foster a love for the arts.
Owl Popsicle Stick Craft – Calling young artists to spread their wings and create a wise owl using popsicle sticks! With the help of our free template, you’ll have the guidance to soar into craft time.
Preschool Camping Activities For Kids
Grab your crayons or markers, because we have a collection of camping coloring pages your little campers will love! Coloring these pages not only provides hours of entertainment but also allows kids to explore their artistic talents and strengthen the small muscles in their hands.
Bring camping home with these color by sight word camping printables. Kids will color in each space by matching a sight word with a color with the key at the bottom of the page.
This is a great way for kids to practice sight words, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination while coloring 7 camping themed illustrations.
Kids will bring these camping color by numbers to life by following the numbered guide at the bottom of the page. They’ll match colors to their corresponding numbered areas in the illustration. With each space colored in, they’ll work on number and color recognition as well as fine motor skills and concentration.
Enjoy a little camping adventure right in your own backyard with these backyard camping ideas. It’s a great way to get your preschoolers excited about the outdoors, and spend quality time together as a family.
It’s a great time to teach children important lessons like campfire safety and about animal encounters. So go enjoy some fresh air with the kiddos with these fun ideas.
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More Camping Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Firefly template
- Download the firefly template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Start by gluing the head to the right end of the firefly's body.
- Take the antenna and glue it to the top and back of the firefly's head.
- Place the lighted abdomen piece on the left side of the firefly's body and glue it in place.
- Next, glue the eye beneath the eyebrow.
- Take the three legs and glue them to the back and bottom of the firefly's body.
- Trace your child's handprint onto a piece of light gray paper two times and cut them out. Glue one handprint to the back and top of the firefly's body. Take the second handprint and glue it to the middle and front of the firely's body.