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Ant Lesson For Kids

We are starting our hands on bug unit this week studying ants. This unit includes lots of hands on exploration and play based science learning for toddler, preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade.

Ant Lesson for Kids - this is such a fun hands on bug unit for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade including not only fun bug crafts and ant art activities, but ant science experiments and so much more! #antsforkids #science #ants

Ants for Kids

For our latest Science Unit we used Janice Van Cleave’s Play and Find Out about Bugs. It has fun, creative, interesting, and educational ideas for kids 3-7 years old to explore BUGS. It was the perfect way to have some Science fun with all three of my kiddos Tinker Bell (2), Minnie (4), and Goofy (7). First up….. ANTS!


Ant Life Cycle

The Lifecycle of Ants for KidsThe Lifecycle of Ants for Kids

Kids will have fun learning about the ant life cycle with these hands-on manipulatives for kids learning about bugs.


Ant Hill Craft

We learned about an ant’s life cycle in the book Ant Cities and then the kids got to interact with the different stages with the Ant Life Cycle Stages. It really helped them to visualize & understand the stages. We put them in order and then Tinker Bell (almost 2) got to play with them.

Ant Hill Craft for Preschoolersclose up of ant hill illustration for kids


Ant Habitat – Indoor Science Observation for Kids

We drew an ant hill and the tunnels inside. Then we made fingerprint ants going up the hill and inside the ant. we added ants in the different lifecycle stages, the larger queen ant, and labeled them. (My kids tell me this was their favorite part).

Indoor Ant Farm - Exploring habitats with kidsIndoor Ant Farm - Exploring habitats with kids

We put ants in our ant farm and observed them building tunnels – so cool!

Spoon Ants Craft for Kids

Simple Spoon Ant Craft for Kids

painting  our ant craft

We made spoon ants (an idea that has been around since I was a kid. This post at Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational) reminded me of it and we decided to make our own! We painting spoons black and then wrapping pipe cleaners around the spoons to make legs & antennae. We added some googly eyes and WHALA – we have our own, super cute ANTS!

Ant Lesson

Science Experiment for Kids - How does an Ant Walk

How Do Ants Walk for Kids

Learn how ants walk with this simple ant lesson. Put 6 legs (toothpicks) in Play Dough to see how ants balance. Then we tried pulling out different toothpicks until we found the maximum number of toothpicks we could pull out and have the ant still balance. You can pull out 3 toothpicks (the middle on one side along with the front & back on the other row). That is how an ant balances when they walk. They pull up those legs, balance, move forward, and repeat on the opposite legs.

Ants on a Log Snack for Kids
We had the classic Ants on a Log (with a twist). I didn’t have any raisins on hand so I used some mini chocolate chips we had laying around – YUM!

Ants Fieldtrip – GIANT bugs at the Zoo

Ant Fieldtrip for KidsAnt Fieldtrip for Kids

Earlier (in one of our many travels this year) we got a chance to see GIANT Bugs at a zoo. There were GIANT bugs, information, a HUGE ant farm, chances to interact with actual bugs, and even a chance to eat bugs! Yep, the kids ate a bug – they said it tasted like cereal!

NOTE: If you live in or near St. Paul, Minnesota make sure you pop over the the Children’s Museum so your kids can crawl inside an HUGE ant hill replica. It is amazingly FUN!

Ants Movie Night for Kids – Disney’s A Bug’s Life

And we finished up our unit by watching Disney’s  A Bug’s Life movie. Such a fun movie! This was actually at our local park district and included interacting with actual bugs during intermission!


ladybug alphabet activity Counting bugs coloring book Make practicing sights words FUN with this cute Bug Sight Words Game for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade students to practice common dolche words.  

Insect activities for preschoolers

If are looking for more bug activities for preschoolers, toddlers, and kindergartners – including lots of free insect printables, you will love these FREE resources:

Fun Life CYcle of a Spider for kids worksheets FREE Insect Telling Time Puzzles free printable insect worksheets for letter A-Z

ant activities for kids Bug counting to 30 worksheets i spy bugs printable

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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