Collecting Ants (Exploring Insects)

Life Science - Plants and Animals

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ants science activities for preschool

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  •  Make an ant habitat.  Find an area that has lots of ants, scoop them up along with some dirt or sand, and transfer them to a purchased ant habitat or a clear plastic shoe box and punch air holes into the lid. Stuff cotton into the air holes and securely tape on the lid. Then cover the box with a dark cloth. Once a week, use an eyedropper to place a small about of jelly or honey mixed with water through one of the air holes. Remember to replace the cloth whenever you are not observing the ants.
  •  Ants are insects that have 3 body parts (head, thorax, abdomen), 2 antennae and 6 legs.  Some have wings.
  • Ants have antennae, like many insects, to sense their surroundings.  Do we have antennae?  What do we use to feel and understand our surroundings?  (5 senses)
  • Like bees, wasps, and termites, ants live in groups called colonies.  Each ant has a job to do to support the existence of the colony.
  • What do the ants do in their environment? Explore books or your habitat to find this out, and discuss.
  •  Draw the outline of an anthill plus a few tunnels for each child.  The children make the ants living there.  Talk about “rooms” for the eggs, the larvae, pupae etc; the queen’s room; the soldiers protecting the nest; the workers, bits of food etc.
  • Finger print ants: dip fingertip in paint or stamp pad.  Print lots of ants with 3 touching body parts.  When dry, add 2 antennae, 6 legs on each.  Do some multiplication: Here we have 3 ants, with 6 legs each.  Let’s count and see how many legs altogether.
  • Make ant headbands with 2 pipe cleaners for antennae.
  • Create an ant with 3 sections of an egg carton.
  • Playdoh ants with toothpicks and pipe cleaners etc for antennae and legs.  Make and “environment” on a paper plate with dirt, leaves, bits of bead etc.
  • Sing “The Ants Go Marching One by One”


Packs and Printables :



Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros

The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb by Shirley Climo

Are You an Ant? By Judy Allen


Websites:       (purchase an ant habitat) (teacher info and cool photos)



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