Ant Crafts A Creepy Crawler for Kids to Make

by Karen & Grace Morris

I hope to never see this ant in my garden. It is huge! But, ant crafts are interesting.

Ants are one creature that man has observed for centuries. It is interesting to watch the colonies interact.

egg carton ant

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”.

You could use this craft to learn and label the different parts of an insect.

You will need;

  • An empty egg carton
  • Black marker or paint
  • Two 12 inch black pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Ant Crafts Directions

3 cell of an egg carton

Cut out three connecting pieces out of an egg carton. I didn’t have black paint so I used a marker to make it black. You could use another color. Not all ants are black some are brown or red. Some are even yellow.

(Did you know that the queen ant can live up to 30 years? Even a worker can live 1 to 3 years.)

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.

 (Ants communicate with each other using pheromones, sounds, and touch.)

Divide one of your pipe cleaners in half. Divide in half again. You should have four pieces. Each of the pieces will measure three inches. Cut your other pipe cleaner in half. Divide one of the halves again. You will want six 3 inch pieces.

add the legs

Thread the pipe cleaner pieces through the holes. I actually had a hole that was too close to the edge so it wouldn’t hold the pipe cleaner. I put the pipe cleaner in the next hole and bend it forwards a little. It looked okay.

Bend the pipe cleaner into a right angle to make legs. Bend the ends over to make feet.

(Ants make scent tails that help them find their way back to their nests, even if it’s dark. Because of the sun, they try to find the shortest route back to their nest, if they don’t they could dry up.)

add antenna

For the antenna thread a 6 inch piece through the holes. Bend circles on the ends to make the antenna.

(The ants are marching one by one, one by one! What? There is only one ant.)

Now use your ant crafts to learn about the head, legs, antenna, trunk, and metasoma.

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