Steal This Story Time: Glow in the Dark
Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends
I'll start off with...THE GOOD:
Night Light: Blechman (fun to guess)
The Very Lonely Firefly- Carle (everyone loved when we shut out the lights for the final page)
The Game of Light - Tullet (great with a flashlight)
Duck's Not Afraid of the Dark - Long (got some laughs)
I found this idea on Pinterest for Glow in the Dark Fireflies.
We bought glow in the dark plastic eggs from OTC. They did glow nicely for a while after lots of exposure to the sun. Unfortunately, the days before my program were pretty cloudy. So, I purchased teeny tiny glow sticks to put inside the eggs to make absolutely sure that they would glow at my program. They worked great!
I cut fabric wings and we attached them with Glue Dots. We decorated with pipe cleaner legs & antennae, and tiny sticky wiggle eyes.
Everyone LOVED the craft!
|my firefly in the dark|
Now, THE BAD: only 2 kids attended. TWO!!! I felt like crying.
|Exactly how I felt after this program!|
7 pm may be too late for a children's program. Although I've offered evening programs successfully in the past, next time I'd probably try to start things at 6:30 instead, due to low attendance and comments from some parents.
I like to offer evening programs occasionally since so many parents work during the day and even more importantly, I wanted it to be dark for this program. Maybe I'll try it again in the summer time!
And finally, THE UGLY: glowing is more difficult than it looks!
I found sooo many great tips about glow in the dark parties on Pinterest but the ones I tried were a huge disappointment.
For example: glowing balloons & glowing eyes
|My balloons didn't look like this at all!|
I used white balloons but they didn't glow one bit.
|My glow sticks were not bright enough |
to create anything resembling this effect.
So, my decoration ideas turned out just awful! Luckily, I had some glow in the dark bracelets from Pier 1 to pass out that glowed great!
On the bright side, my attendees and their caregivers had a great time. They made several fireflies to take home which was nice.
Hoping my October programs will be more successful!