Larger-Than-Life Fireflies


Fireflies are a sure sign of summer. In this replica habitat, these delightful insects will capture your imagination!


1. Study fireflies’ lives and habitats. Review your findings and then create a replica in a large, clear plastic jar. Shape Crayola Model Magic® grass, leaves, branches, rocks, and your firefly. These ideas will get you started.

2. Roll out long snake pieces of Model Magic compound to form grass. Flatten and cut leaves with Crayola Scissors or a craft stick. Roll a small piece of red and add some dots to form a lady bug. Shape a small ball of Model Magic into an acorn. Shape Model Magic branches on chenille stem or wire armatures. Air-dry the pieces flat for 3 days.

3. Make a larger-than-life firefly with Black Model Magic compound. Wrap the compound around a craft stick or other armature to form the bug’s body. Cut small pieces of wire for antennae, wrap them with Model Magic compound, and insert in the bug’s head.

4. To make wings, cut two small oval pieces of cardboard, cover with Model Magic designs, and attach to body. Press a piece of Model Magic compound on the bottom your bug. Air-dry your firefly for 3 days.

5. Mound crumpled foil in the bottom of the jar and cover with Model Magic compound to look like soil. Place the habitat pieces in the jar. Press one end of a wire or a chenille stem into the firefly and the other into the mound of soil. It will look like it’s flying!

6. With a rolling pin, roll out more Model Magic compound. Cut out a circle larger than top of jar. Drape over the top for a realistic look. Air-dry your entire display (with the lid off). Model Magic® dries to the touch overnight and dries completely in 2 to 3 days.

7. Secure the lid with a chenille stem.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Crayola Modeling Materials including Crayola Model Magic®, and Model Magic Fusion™, Crayola Air-Dry Clay, and Crayola Dough—

  • Keep away from open flames. Do not use to make candleholders, hot plates, trivets, or other similar objects that will be used or placed near fire and other heat sources.
  • Do not put in an oven, microwave, or kiln.
  • Do not make into vessels/containers that will hold unpackaged food.
  • The use of modeling material to make items that look like food is discouraged for children younger than age 5 to avoid their confusion with real food.
  • Unless sealed with a water-resistant glaze, do not make projects exposed to or immersed in water, such as boats or outdoor bird feeders. They would disintegrate when exposed to moisture.
  • Crayola Dough—contains gluten (wheat flour) as an ingredient.
  • Crayola Air-Dry Clay, Crayola Model Magic and Model Magic Fusion are gluten-free. However, they are produced on the same machinery as Crayola Dough which does contain gluten. Although the machines are cleaned prior to the start of each production run, there is a slight possibility that trace amounts of gluten from Crayola Dough may be present in the other modeling compound products. For information regarding specific ingredients or allergic concerns, please call our Consumer Affairs department at 1-800-272-9652 weekdays between 9 AM and 4 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Recycled Containers—Must be clean and safe. Do not use containers that contained bleach or other harmful chemicals (for example, household cleaners, dishwasher or laundry detergents). Do not use recycled metal cans that have sharp edges (for example, lids removed by household can openers).

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

Wood—By its nature, wood is rough and may contain splinters or sharp points


  • Create habitats for animals or birds that are indigenous to your area. Which if any are endangered? How do they contribute to, or damage, the environment?
  • Find out more about the chemical process that enables fireflies to glow in the dark.
  • Make a list of bugs and insects. Hold a spelling bee with the list.
  • Assessment: Are the replicas realistic models of the firefly? Are insects shown in their natural habitats?

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crayola supplies
  • Model Magic®
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • aluminum foil
  • rolling pin
  • craft sticks
  • chenille sticks
  • recycled cardboard
  • recycled plastic container with lid
  • wire



  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children research insects including fireflies and compare insects with other types of bugs and beetles.

  • Students identify the types of leaves, trees, and flowers in which fireflies would be found.

  • Students sculpt a realistic replica of a firefly in its natural habitat.


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