Bug-Watching Activities


Hungry Ants

Help your kids watch Hungry Ants, and see how quickly they devour snacks you put out for them. What kinds of food do our small friends like?

How to Play Hungry Ants

What You'll Need:

  • Ant Hill
  • Jar of Honey
  • Leaves or Grass
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Sugar
  • Piece of Lettuce
  • Small Amount of Tuna Fish
  • Spoon

Step One: Find an anthill somewhere around your house, either on a sidewalk or a patch of dirt. Make sure it's in use by looking for signs of activity.

Step Two: Once you've found an active anthill, plan a test to find out what different types of foods the ants enjoy eating.

Step Three: Spread some honey on a couple of leaves or blades of grass, lay out some small bread crumbs, spread out a little sugar, tear up lettuce into tiny pieces, and spoon out a bit of tuna fish. Make sure the different foods are at least an inch apart and that they're an equal distance from the ant colony.

Step Four: Come back a few minutes after you've put the food out to see what the ants are taking and what they're leaving. What do the foods the ants take have in common? What about the foods they don't want?

Challenge your kids to find all the different kinds of bugs living in your yard. Send them on The Great Bug Search. Get directions on the next page.

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