Spark your kids' interest in science with this easy-to-make ant farm. Building this ant farm is just half the fun -- kids will love feeding the ants and observing their activities. This ant farm even comes with a moat to prevent escapes.
What You'll Need:
- Gallon glass jar
- Pie pan
- Small block of wood
- Rubber band
- Bits of bread
How to make an ant farm:
Step 1: Clean and dry a one-gallon glass jar.
Step 2: Measure the jar from the base to just below the shoulder and cut a long strip of cardboard that wide.
Step 3: Bend the strip of cardboard into a cylinder the same size as the mouth of the jar. Staple the ends together and put the cylinder into the jar.Step 4: Add water to sand until it is just barely moist. Spoon the sand into the space between the cylinder and the jar. Step 5: Set a block of wood in the middle of a pie pan and place the jar on top of it. Fill the pan with water. This forms a moat that will foil any ants that try to escape.
Step 6: Cover the top of the jar with several layers of cheesecloth held in place with a rubber band.
Step 7: Catch ants outdoors and put them on top of the sand of your ant farm. You should only put in ants from the same colony, so try to catch all of your ants around the same location.
Give the ants a few bread crumbs every few days to eat, and only feed them when their food has been eaten.
Keep in mind that an ant colony cannot survive or reproduce without a queen (who lives underground and is hard to catch), so your ants are probably worker ants. You will need to set them free or they will eventually age and die.
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