A is for Ant
A Lesson on Ants
This week we have been discussing the letter A. There are so many things that begin with the letter A. We did many activities with the letter A (Click here for all things A). My goal is to introduce the letters so that my 2 year old can simply identify them. We decided to start at the beginning. However, given it is January and we already studied apples (see apple activities here) I went with a different A approach. A is for ant. There are so many different things to do with Ants! So here is your lesson on ants for toddlers and preschoolers!
Make an Ant
egg carton (cut out for 3 parts)
First, hole punch the egg carton so there is 1 hole on the side of each egg holder (legs) . Then two on the top front(antennae).
Have your child paint the entire egg carton black
While drying do some of the activities below.
Next, thread the pipe cleaner across the bottom so that 1 pipe cleaner is 2 legs. The same for the antennae.
Enjoy your ant. (Did you know ants have babysitter who take care of the babies and feed them by spitting into their mouths?)
Magnify Glass Time
We did two things with our magnify glass. First, we looked at a plastic replica of an ant. We looked at the head and body and how the legs fit in to the body. For older children, have them draw an ant on a piece of paper, point out the 3 body parts and 6 legs. This is the criteria for insects. The second thing we did was go outside and look for ant colonies. We have many of them and Emory loved taking a closer look at these little bugs!
We love to sing. So we pressed play and let the YouTube lead us in the Ants go Marching In. This is our favorite one! Check it out.
The other song is one that I made up. I’m pretty proud of that so please enjoy it and let me know how it works for you. It is called I’m a Little Ant, you may print it out here.
We love books. We found a nonfiction with photographs and some without. There are so many books out there, so take the time at the library to find a few.
Ants on a log is a big hit with littles. Emory loved putting the ants on the log! Just celery, peanut butter and raisins. It is healthy and fun to assemble!
Finally I wanted to bring in some other areas of learning. Since the theme is ants I created 2 games for children to play learning the basics.
Color Matching Ants
The Ants are black with a color dot that matches to the color word. This can be played two ways. The way I set it up is as a file folder simply matching the ant to the color. However, you could cut them all out and play it like memory as well.
2. Ants at the Picnic.
This is a file folder game, with 2 picnic table mats and 20 ants. Each player gets 10 ants (you can print more for advanced) on their picnic table. The player rolls a die and takes away that many ants. The winner is the person without any ants. This is great for counting. For further learning, line it up with a tens frame and use the ones that get taken off to create number sentences.
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There you have it our A for Ants lesson. Did you know there is a type of breed of ants that actually chops leaves with their teeth and replants it? Or that there are ants on EVERY continent except Antarctica? Needless to say, we learned many facts about ants.