DAILY FUN ACTIVITY: Eat lunch outside and then count the ants.
Our theme today will be Ant Day!
Talk about Ants.
Ants are social insects. Social insects live together in colonies. They depend on each other for survival and can not live alone. They have one ruler in their colony, and that is a queen. The queen’s job is to lay eggs. All of the other ants must work for the survival of the colony. Each worker has a job that needs to be done. Some hunt, clean, and guard the nest and colony from harm.
Can you think of another insect that is a social insect? (Bees)
Can you find a colony of ants going into and out of a hill? Follow a line of ants to see where they are going. How big is the food they are carrying? Ants are very strong and can carry food many times their own weight.
Did you know that ants are revered as hard workers and even wise, in the Bible
Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,
Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer
And gathers her provision in the harvest.
Four things are small on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:
The ants are not a strong people, But they prepare their food in the summer;
If your child is writing, either of these would be a great writing practice.
Vocabulary words to discuss in these verses are: sluggard, observe, provision, harvest, exceedingly.
Make an ant hill art. You will need:
A large sheet of paper or poster board.
Crayons, markers, or paint
old paint brush
Have you child draw a hill at the bottom of the paper. Paint the hill with glue. NOTE: If you use brown paint, you will not need the glue. Sprinkle sand over the wet glue or paint. Allow the hill to dry. Once the hill is dry, use your child/ren’s fingers and dip them in black paint or use a stamp pad, and stamp finger prints across the bottom of the paper and up the side of the hill, as if the ants are marching into the hill. Your art may look something like this:
Ant Math Activities:
1. Have index cards programed with a number on each card. Make it suitable for your child’s level. Have you child draw that number of ants on the card. This will help young children develop one to one correspondence.
2. On another set of cards, draw ants, and your child will need to count the ants and put the number. This helps with number recognition and number value.
3. To help your child develop the skill and concept of adding numbers, have him draw two cards. Tell the number of ants on each card. Write those numbers down saying, “3 ants + (plus) 2 ants = (equals or gives us)”… Have him count all of the ants and continue the math problem: “5 ants.” Then repeat the whole number sentence, having him repeat it with you.
4. If you have a younger child, have him count with you as you draw the ants on. This helps with number value and rote counting.