Tuesday, July 12, 2011

how to make a lightning bug jar

Probably the simplest, yet one of the best parts of childhood... catching lightning bugs!  

I remember growing up my Dad making us jars or cups with holes so we could keep our bugs and watch them glow at night in our rooms.
So I decided Jack was old enough and made him a lightening bug jar tonight.

So here's what you'll need:
a hammer
a very small nail
a canning jar

What you do:
Take the small nail and hammer and make some small holes in the top lid while it's sealed together with the jar.

Afterwards, take the lid off and hammer the backside to make it flat.  
You do that so it's not sharp and won't hurt the bugs or you. 

Put the two pieces together, and just pop it back out with your fingers.

Then put the jar back together, and you're finished!

No go catch some lightning bugs!

And instead of waking up to dead bugs,
I'm starting a new tradition that is more fun and no one has to die...
I'm going to sneak into his room later tonight and let them go and tell him in the morning they are magic and they disappeared :)


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  3. I find it necessary to teach my child how to interact with the animal kingdom starting with the smallest, which are bugs. I am planning to train my daughter how to make a bug catcher, and I think you post will come in handy. Thanks for the tips, by the way. Here is another great article I read on how to create a bug catcher: http://survival-mastery.com/diy/useful-tools/how-to-make-a-bug-catcher.html


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