Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tot School Tuesday - Ants

Aa is for Ant

Proverbs 6:6 (sung to the tune of "Mary Had a Little Lamb")
Go to the ant, you sluggard,
Consider her ways
And be wise
Stay busy for God
Says Proverbs 6:6

We made our ant farm and the ants have been busy working! 
To make one too you will need:
*2 jars - 1 should fit nicely inside of the other with space to fill with dirt.  (you may also find that a soda can works well as the inside container)
*Rubber Band
*Sugar water
*Food for ants (watermelon, orange, etc.)

Cap one jar and place it inside of the other.

Fill with dirt, preferably from the location of the ants.
Add your ants (we laid out a piece of watermelon as bait)
Add some sugar water a few drops at a time (you do not want to drown your ants)
Top with some fruit scraps

Cover with cheesecloth using a rubber band.


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The Homeschool Belle said...

I wanted to let you know that I've included this post in my links from my Magic School Bus Primary Science Lesson Plans! Thank you so much for your inspiring creativity


-Carrie @ The Homeschool Belle

Anonymous said...

I love this idea & will be doing this with our Magic School Bus plans for our Ant Study but had a question, where do you put the water? Just drop it in every day?
Thank you!!

Jessica Baker said...

Yes, we just used an eye dropper and would put a few drops in each day when we looked at it.

Kcaarin said...

I thought you needed a queen? You just capture a few ants and that's it?

Derek Guyer said...

Can you explain why you add the second jar?

Jessica Baker said...

You add the second jar in the middle so it keeps the ants building their tunnels where you can see them.

Jessica Baker said...

We did not have a Queen ant. We just captured a few ants, observed them for a little over a week, then let them go back in our yard.

Joanne said...

What a neat idea! I've been thinking of getting an ant farm but I love the thought of making our own and letting them go after a week or so much better.