This month we’ve been learning about Bugs & Crawly Things, including ants. Ants are familiar and interesting little creatures. They are one of the more insects here and certainly capture any child’s attention. Studying ants through books, art, play dough, and music has been fun!
Bugs + Crawly Things: Ants
What work do you think an ant does? Ants are very busy! We talked about what ants do – build homes, gather food, and carry things. We enjoyed watching ant videos on YouTube. It’s always good when children can see the real thing but I didn’t expect to have any to observe in our yard. Once I started looking, I noticed we had some in the backyard and in the crack between the garage and the driveway. One morning we even had a mass on the sidewalk.
We looked at the daily topic poster and talked about the parts of ant – head, thorax, and abdomen.
We found this wonderful book about bugs. It has so real, close-up photos and little facts about different kinds of ants.
Ant Hill Art
The ant hill art was inspired by this photo:
Using paper, paint, sand, glue, a paper cone and stickers the kids made ant hills.
Mixing paint and sand makes a neat texture.
Everyone was so busy creating and using their materials in different ways.
The glue with sand sprinkled on it looks like ant trails.
Squeezing glue and sprinkling sand are both good processes for little hands.
Experimenting with liquid watercolors and sand.
I was so impressed with the art my group created. For ant hills, I think they turned out beautiful.
Little ants drawn at the top, on the right:
Play Dough Ant Hills
Using play dough and black beans, we made ant hills.
Play dough is always fun and an important sensory and fine motor activity. Grasping, pushing and picking the bean “ants” out of the play dough, kept them busy.
This ant hill was quite neat. The ants are lined up around the hill.
Ant Hill Musical Shakers
Using black paint, we made fingerprint ants on cups.
After the paint dried, we put beans in the cup and I hot glued the lid on. They make nice loud music when shaken! They do look like little ant hills. How fun!
More Bugs & Crawly Things coming up!