Ant Activities

Hungry Ants Activity

What kinds of food do ants like? Complete the hungry ants activity to find the answer.

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

What You'll Need:

  • Ant hill
  • Jar of honey
  • Leaves or grass
  • Bread crumbs
  • Sugar
  • Piece of lettuce
  • Small amount of tuna fish
  • Spoon

How to do the hungry ants activity:

Step 1: 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 2: 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?

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