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Animal Group Behavior Activity for Kids
- 2 Different-sized plastic containers with lids
- 1Box of sand
- 1BBQ skewer
- 1Cup of water
- 1Tube of ants (can be bought from Ants Alive for $5)
- 1Place the lid on the smaller container, and place it inside the larger container.
- 1Add sand around the smaller container to fill the larger container about ¾ full.
- 2Use the skewer to start some tunnels through the sand near the sides.
- 3Place the tube of ants into the refrigerator for 10 min to slow them down.
- 3Gently tap on the tube to release the ants onto the sand.
- 4Add a small apple slice and a tablespoon of water in the middle of the sand.
- 5Poke pin holes in the large lid and keep the container sealed.
- 5The ants build their tunnels over a few days.
- Warning:Ants can pinch you - use non-latex gloves and put them in the fridge before transferring.
- Ant Care Tips:Do not keep them in direct sunlight - a cool room temperature of 60-70 degrees F is best. Add a teaspoon of water and a tiny piece of apple once a week.
How It Works
Ants live in groups called colonies. They each play a role in a larger community. Together they build systems of tunnels for shelter and to protect their young (larva). They also work together as a group to collect food and bring it back to the developing larva. We call this "Animal Group Behavior!"