COM KIDS [aka pen pals] – Take 2

We are getting ready to create classroom partnerships for the
2nd Chasing Fireflies COM KIDS Event.

If you are a Christian educator working with students in PK – 5th grade and interested in partnering with other educators in our next COM KID [aka pen pal] event… we invite you JOIN US this spring!   READ ON

Theme:  Friendship
“a friend loves at all times”  John 17:17

Focus book:  You Can Be a Friend
Authors: Tony & Lauren Dungy   Illustrator: Ron Mazellan

Timing: March/April 2017
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Have more questions?  Email us

Next step?  Simply fill out the form located at the end of the FAQ document and send it to the email address listed.  [Fill it out, take an image, and email if you cannot scan your completed form.]  Class partnerships will be created and notified by February 1, 2017 or as we receive completed forms.

“Away in A Manger” craft


We have come across some of the sweetest ways to not only celebrate Christ’s birth but also make memories of these wonderful times with our little guys.  Some of our favorite crafts are those that include the boys’ handprints since we can go back and see how cute and chubby their hands were in previous years.  I saw this craft on Pinterest and knew that its message was just perfect.


Here is what you’ll need:

  • Brown, white, and yellow paint
  • Star shaped foam
  • paper plate
  • paint brush
  • light paper for background
  • scissors
  • rafia
  • marker


First, paint the child’s hand brown except for the thumb.  Keep the thumb nice and paint free.


Have them gently spread their fingers apart and place their handprint on your paper.



After your little one has washed up, mix a tiny bit of brown into your white to create a softer, lighter brown that will show up against the darker brown paint used for the “manger”.  Paint only the thumb this time.



Position the thumb to lay in the manger and gently press down.



Add some glue below the “baby Jesus” in the “manger and begin cutting tiny pieces of raffia to be glued onto the “manger”.




When you have a “manger” full of hay, set aside to let it completely dry.


While the bottom portion dries, you can add a yellow star above the “manger” scene.

After it has had time to dry, come back with a marker and add 2 eyes, a halo and a smile to baby Jesus

Ours aren’t entirely dry quite yet, but when they are, we’ll flip it over and write this sweet little poem we saw associated with this craft,

“I used my hand to make a manger, a place for Jesus to lay. I’ll use my heart so full of love, as a place for Jesus to stay.”



Author: Rachel Skvaril
Sugar Artist
Fondant Flinger


Masterpiece Creations: Imagination Inspirations from Rockwell


Hopefully you found tons of inspiration from the discussions earlier this week on Norman Rockwell. If you missed it, be sure to check out the post HERE for a springboard into this art project!

Now let’s create! Sometimes Rockwell left his paintings incomplete. He didn’t paint a background. This gives us a wonderful chance to imagine what that background might be. In our project this month, we’re going to use art to finish telling the story around Rockwell’s masterpiece Adventures Between Adventures.

This project is super easy and super fun! First you are going to start with characters inspired from Rockwell’s art piece. Then YOU (the artist) can choose what your background is going to look like. Take the template provided, color it in and then draw and color the background you want to see. It  can be a river, a lake, an ocean, daytime, nighttime, it can be whatever you want (YOU are the artist). I have included a few example pieces to help get you started. I used watercolors for one and colored pencils for the other. Feel free to experiment and use your favorite medium. We want our young artists’ creativity to flourish, so my examples use simple shapes and colors. I did not focus heavily on techniques like shading. The goal is for this to be easy, fun and get the creative juices flowing.



Click HERE for your free template!


For additional activities and resources be sure to check out our TPT store!

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Have fun!


Kevin Bartle

HEART bird feeders

A Fireflies’ Family Activity – Gather the materials and together create these adorable feeders for the birds in your backyards.  They are easy to make and mold into endless possible shapes.  Consider using Jello molds, cookie cutters, or no forms at all to create these bird feeders.  We used a heart shaped cookie cutter but you can choose any shape you want.

The following makes 5 – 6 bird feeders depending on the thickness of each shape.

Materials Needed

  • 3 cups of bird seed
  • 1 packet of plain gelatin
  • 3 T corn syrup
  • 3/4 c of flour
  • 1/2 c water
  • Wax paper
  • Shape maker: cookie cutters, jello molds etc.
  • Cookie sheets
  • String
  • Pencil or straw for creating the “hanging hole”


In a large bowl, thoroughly mix together the water, flour, corn syrup, and gelatin.
Add the bird seed and mix until evenly coated.   (I wanted to buy the smallest amount of bird seed available which was parakeet bird seed.   I really loved it using it because of all the colors and shapes of seeds.)

Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper, fill your desired forms with the seed mixture – packing firmly.  If the seed is not pressed together firmly, it will fall apart.

Place a hole in the center of your shape using a straw or pencil.   Make sure the hole goes all the way through.  (Placing it closer to the middle allows for enough strength to hold the string.)  When your shapes are complete, allow to air dry for 24 – 48 hours – turning every once in awhile.

Run a string through your hole, hang your bird feeders, and enjoy!

Hang where children can observe many fine feathered visitors
coming to dine on their creations.

A Fireflies’ Gratitude & Service idea:
Why not make a heart shaped bird feeder for Grandma and deliver with an “I love you” note?  Every day is a great day to say “I love you”!

CLICK HERE for more creative and natural bird feeders ideas.