If you see Ants…
What do you know about ants? If you go outside, whether in a city or country, you will see ants. If you see ants, then you will likely see an ant hill close by. And if you see an ant hill close by you will see ants busy at work. Chances are if you see ants busy at work, you will see ants gathering food for their city.
Ants are What?
Have you ever read the If You Give A Mouse A Cookie series? I always think of that series when I see ants. Ants are some of the hardest working and strongest insects there are. They are always busy gathering food, storing food, taking care of their young, and continuing to enhance their underground cities.
One of my favorite things to do with my kids every year is to read the book Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros. I think I bought this book for $.25 at a used sale but it is one of my favorite books. I like to read it in the spring to my kids, because ants are now starting to come out from their cities. After a long cold winter, they are ready to work. Their work ethic is amazing!
Ants are Hard Workers
If you go outside and see the ants, they are not sun bathing or taking a nap. They are busy working. Two years ago, we had the awesome experience (and horrifying) of watching two lines of ants eat the plumbs off my plumb tree.
Now as horrified as I was because it was ruining our fruit, it was amazing at the ridged job the ants were doing. All the ants were working together in perfect precision to collect this food. I had one perfectly straight line of ants going up one side of the tree and another perfectly straight line of ants going down the tree on the other side. Now what is so special about this perfect line….well there were hundreds if my thousands of ants on my poor tree.
You may be thinking what did I do to save my plumb tree. I decided I would spray off my tree with water. Did it work? No, it did not work. Why? Because the ants were so dedicated to my delicious plumbs, they kept coming! That summer, we ate as many plumbs as we could that were not ruined.
It does lead me back to just how hard working and committed ants are. I can say I wish I had the dedication and commitment those ants showed us that year. I think if I were sprayed with water and flung off a tree, I would quit. I would give up and say “I will find food elsewhere. This is not worth it!”
I have attached a craft you can do with your kids. I suggest reading a good ant book first. I suggest Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros.
Try to find a book that answers these questions:
1) How the cities are made.
2) What kind of jobs do ants have?
3) What they like to eat?
4) What kind of ants are there?
5) Where can I see ants?
The study of ants is fascinating, because of how organized and hard working they are. If you would like to study ants, I have made a craft for you. I have also included questions to ask you kid and how to make your own ant farm. I hope you enjoy this. I would love to hear about your crazy ant stories too. You can leave me a message below!
This post is part of a whole series called DIY Summer Camp Activities: Bugs and Insects Theme. There are so many great things for you. Check them out at DIY Summer Camp Activities