Learning about these hard-working creatures? After your studies, make some ant crafts for kids to reinforce what you have learned.
Ants are one creature that man has observed for centuries. It is interesting to watch the colonies interact.
They are a great example of hard workers. In the Bible in the book of Proverbs 30:25 says: “The ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer”.
See what you can make by rolling paper into tubes.
Cut three 2 by 9-inch strips from black paper for the body. Also, cut three thin strips approximately a 1/4 inch wide and 4 1/2 inches long for the legs. Cut another thin strip 1/4 inch wide and 3-inches long and cut points at each end for the antenna.
Make rolls from the three larger strips by overlapping the ends about 2-inches and gluing.
Glue two of the rolls together.
Place two that are glued together inside the third roll.
Glue the legs to the bottom of the center roll. Glue the antenna to the top of the head.
I hope to never see this ant in my garden. It is huge! But, ant crafts are interesting.
Cut out three connecting pieces out of an egg carton. Color it black with either paint or a marker. You could use another color. Not all ants are black, some are brown or red. Some are even yellow.
Near the bottom of the center cell, punch three holes on each side with a hole punch. You will have a total of six holes for the legs. Next, punch two holes near the top of the head for the antenna.
Cut two of your pipe cleaners, so you have six 3-inch pieces and one 6-inch piece.
Thread the 3-inch pipe cleaner pieces through the holes.
Bend the pipe cleaner pieces into a right angle to make legs. Bend the ends over to make feet.
For the antenna, thread a 6-inch pipe cleaner piece through the holes. Bend circles on the ends to make the antenna.
The ants are marching one by one, one by one! More ant crafts for kids!
Use recycled materials to make this cute ant craft.
Dip the bottle caps in the paint. Let dry.
Cut the pipe cleaner in fourths. Three will be the legs. Cut the last piece in half. It will be the antenna.
Hot glue the three caps together in a line. In the center cap put some glue and add three of the pipe cleaner pieces. Bend the small pipe cleaner piece into a “C” shape. Glue to the top of one of the end bottle caps.
Some uninvited guests. :)
Cut white strips of paper 2 by 8 1/2 inches. Fold the red paper in half. Cut 3 slits from the center almost to the edge.
Weave the white paper in the red slits. You will want it to look like a picnic tablecloth.
Dip the cap of the water bottle in the black paint. It is easier if you leave the cap on the bottle. Also, make sure that you don't have too much paint on the lid.
Use the cap to make three circles in a row on the red/white paper. This will be your ant.
With a marker, add legs and antennas to the ants.
You could also, make this an educational activity. Color the bottle cap with a black washable marker. Then stamp on white paper. Draw lines so you can label each part. Add lines at the bottom of the page to add some facts that you have learned about ants.
Did you know that the queen ant can live up to 30 years? Even a worker can live 1 to 3 years.
Ants live in colonies and communicate with each other. They use sounds, touch, and pheromones (chemical signals).
Ants can find their way back to the nest because of scent trails. The ant can even find its way back in the dark.
An ant has three body segments, the head, the Mesosoma (also called the thorax), and the Metasoma or abdomen. The ant's legs attach to the thorax.
The antenna is attached to the head.
Now use your ant crafts to learn about this insect's different body parts.