We sang some of the verses a bit different than in the book we read by the same name by Marsha Qualey. It was fun to make up verses of our own. And then, we played with ants...
Red and white checkered tablecloths, plastic ants and tweezers made up a fun table manipulative. We "tweezed" the ants and placed them on the squares of the tablecloths. Some of us rolled dice and placed the correct number of ants on the tablecloth until it was filled.
We set up an ant farm and watched the ants move through the sand and create tunnels.
We did an experiment with ants. We each picked a food to place on a paper plate. We chose shredded cheese, cracker crumbs, broccoli and chocolate. We placed the plate outside in a shady area. We predicted which food we thought the ants would like the best. It's amazing how quickly they started arriving. The cracker crumbs and shredded cheese were a favorite of the ants.
A game called "Picnic Snatcher" had us picnicing on a red and white tablecloth with 4-5 different pretend foods. As we rested, the "ants came marching in" and took away one of the foods. We took turns declaring which food was taken.
After talking about the parts of an ant- the head, the thorax and the abdomen, we used egg carton pieces (3 of them!) with antennas attached, and painted them to create our own little ants. We chose between red and black. Some of us used both.
Ants on a log were our snack one day. We used a plastic knife to spread peanut butter on pieces of celery and then we added "ants" or raisins to our "logs". YUM!
Donning ant antennas,
we crawled through the tunnel singing,
“The Ants Go Marching”
...and they all go marching, down, to the ground, to get out of the rain, boom, boom, boom...
The ants go marching ten by ten, the little one stops to say,