“A is for Ant”
I couldn’t decide whether this activity was going to be creepy or awesome. But then I figured, “Sometimes creepy IS awesome!” It also just so happens that the creepy stuff – bats, spiders, cicadas – are some of the most interesting things to learn about for my 4 year old. We are also no stranger to ants around here. We have been taking snack time outside a lot lately, and a toddler who likes to throw food around comes with the “bonus” of attracting ants. We found that the ants in our yard really like watermelon. They also like HONEY! A lot. So with honey being a thick liquid, we decided to spell the word “ant” with it. Because, why not?! Perfect time to reinforce the letter a sound with this “A is for ant” activity.
Lucky day for the ants outside ? Spelled the word ant in honey and watched them quickly come for a snack. Don't think he will forget that "A" is for "ant" any time soon. Crafty little critters didn't get stuck! (Didn't want them too) *see IG story to see them in action* ??? #handsonlearning #natureplay
My boys thought it was really fun, so we decided to do it again! So here it goes: All you need is some honey, and something to write with. The first time I used a fork, but this time I used a skewer. You can also use a paint brush or pencil. We wrote our letter on a piece of cardstock so we could carry it where we wanted.
Here’s what we did:
-First, pour a little bit of honey into a dish, dip the skewer into the honey, and then write the letter “A’
-Next, choose a spot outside to place your letter “A” made from honey. We chose a spot near where we saw a lot of ants already.
-And then it’s time to wait. This really didn’t take long for us. We went inside for about a half hour and came back to find the “A” already covered in ants! The first time we did this, we expected it to take a lot longer. By the time we came outside, the honey was already almost gone.
-Watch as the ants eat away at the honey. Eventually it will all disappear!
Yep, won’t be forgetting that “a is for ant” anytime soon!
Check out these great ant activities!
Living Montessori Now has some great Free Ant Printables and Montessori-inspired Activities
Pre-K Pages has this super cute Ant Life Cycle Craft
If your kids love LEGO as much as mine, they will love this Lego Ant Life Cycle from Stir the Wonder!