Hello Families! Have you ever sat and watched an ant? What busy creatures they are.
What is our theme? Creepy Crawlies
What is the lesson (overall purpose)?
A brief look at the ant. Where they live and what they do. Also making “Ants on a Log” for snack time.
SED2 The young toddler responds to directions from familiar adults
SED6 The older toddler follows the directions of adults
PW36 The older toddler controls small muscles in the hand
CD55 The younger toddler shows an awareness of quantity
CD58 The older toddler shows and understanding of number concepts one, two, more and less
CD63 The older toddler uses simple tools to continue exploration
Ants may be small but boy do they work! Ants live in colonies underground. A colony is like a ‘neighborhood.’ There may be as many as 200,000 ants living in one colony. That’s a lot! Each ant has their own job in the colony, just like your neighbors all have their own jobs. The head of the ant colony is the “Queen.” Her job is to lay eggs and have baby ants. The other ants are “workers” Their jobs are to look for food for the colony, help to raise the baby ants, take out the colony's trash, and defend the “neighborhood.”
Songs, Books & Videos (Motivational Techniques)
https://youtu.be/cXUCUvcscXs Video: Children Learn About The Ant
https://youtu.be/2S__fbCGwOM Song: The Ants Go Marching
https://youtu.be/pCxY70kPDnM Video: Animanimals: Ant (A cute video showing how it’s ok to have fun while getting your work done too!)
https://youtu.be/4Hn35sfRzBk Story: If I Were An Ant
Materials: “Ants on a Log” snack
knife or spoon to spread the peanut butter
You may need mom or dad’s help:
- Start with your celery. Wash and cut celery stalks in half lengthwise. If they are especially tall, you may want to cut them in half width-wise as well.
- Add peanut butter. Take a spoonful of peanut butter and spread it on the cavity of the celery.
- Add the “ants”. Grab some raisins and press them into the peanut butter.
Activity Wrap Up:
How many ants did you add to your log? Can you count them?
How do I know what my child is learning? (Assessment)
Benefits of Cooking with Kids
- Increases Language Development. As you cook, you are labeling ingredients which increases a child's vocabulary. ...
- Enhances Fine Motor Skills. ...
- Increases Math Ability. ...
- Improves Reading Skills. ...
- Introduces Kids to Scientific Concepts. ...
- Teaches Life Skills. ...
- Encourages Family Bonding.
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/192177109087577316/ Variations of Ants on a Log
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions)*
Sunbutter or WOWbutter can be substituted for the peanut butter and craisins can be used instead of raisins.