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Ant Farm

Ant Farm

What You’ll Need:

  • Jam Jar (Or similar)
  • Soil & Sand
  • Sieve
  • Safety Pin
  • Jam / Sugar / Honey

Getting into the Activity

Create an ant farm and observe how ants build tunnels and use teamwork, close up in a jar.

  • Collect soil and then sieve it into a large bowl. This will make sure you have a very fine soil for the ant farms. Mix in a handful of sand and then moisten it with a small amount of water.
  • Tip the soil into a jam jar (or similar) to create your ant farm. Leave a couple of centimetres gap at the top of the jar.
  • Use a safety pin to make some air holes in the lid of the jam jar. Remember, these don’t want to be too big otherwise your ants will escape!
  • Search around outside for a group of ants. When you find some, carefully encourage them onto a leaf, before using the leaf to place them into your ant farm. You’ll want to try and find 5-10 ants if you can. Make sure to screw the lid on tightly once you have your ants.
  • Keep the ant farm in a cool, dark place out of direct sunlight. Every few days give the ants a small amount of sugar / jam/ honey.

Over the coming days keep an eye on the ants and note down any changes. Can you see them digging tunnels in the jar? What happens when you place the food in the jar?

Make sure to release your ants back into the wild after a week.

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
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