Activity Introduction

gum-leaves-bidiversity-hero-260x300Quick summary: The aim of this activity is to encourage children to think more deeply about ants, and in particular the ants in the yard at your centre. All children will observe the types of food that ants like by laying a plate of food outside for the ants and observing which types of food are the most popular. Younger children will then participate in an ant parade around the yard, while older children will create their own ant trail and create an ant restaurant. It is hoped that children will have a greater appreciation of how even the smallest of animals – such as ants – are involved with the daily actives of finding food and water.

This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

Equipment needed: 

  • All ages: a range of food items, such as salt, cheese, bread, honey, sugar, tea leaves, curry powder, milk and peanut butter. You will only need a small amount of each item. Lay these items out on a plate.
  • Ages – 2 to 3: Ant antenna template or pipe cleaners, scissors, sticky tape or glue, string to tie antenna onto head.
  • Ages – 3 to 5: Ants template, scissors, coloured pencils (optional).

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Biodiversity from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

 

Cool Australia would like to acknowledge the support of the Seedlings Early Years Education for Sustainability (EYEfS) program.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

hungry-antsBackground information:

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to encourage children to think more deeply about ants, and in particular the ants in the yard at your centre. All children will observe the types of food that ants like by laying a plate of food outside for the ants and observing which types of food are the most popular. Younger children will then participate in an ant parade around the yard, while older children will create their own ant trail and create an ant restaurant. It is hoped that children will have a greater appreciation of how even the smallest of animals - such as ants - are involved with the daily actives of finding food and water.

Content information: It’s about as easy to overlook ants as it is to step on them. Until they give you a nip that is. But these little critters are pretty impressive:

  • There are an estimated 22,000 species of ant although only just over have have of them have been classified;
  • There is approximately 1 million ants for every
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