Ant Arts & Crafts

Welcome spring! The ants go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah… the ants go marching two by two hurrah, hurrah… the ants go marching into our house… argh!

Ants in our house aside, we had fun making this fingerprint ant art project — a whole colony full. And we learned a lot about ants in the process. Did you know that ants have two stomachs and no lungs?

What you need

  • Paper (sheet or roll)
  • Ink Pad
  • Pen, pencil, or marker

What to do

Place paper on a flat surface. We used a roll so we could create a whole ant colony.

Ant colony in progress

Then open an ink pad and press a finger firmly down. We used two fingers (pointer and pinky) and a thumb. Make three marks together in the shape of an ant.

Fingerprint ant

Next use a pen or fine point marker to draw antenna, eyes, and legs.

Last but not least add details like tunnels, a queen, eggs, babies and more!

Queen and her eggs
Leaf cutter ants

What we thought

I loved the simplicity of this project. Make one ant or create a whole colony. Zoe and Lydia spent an hour (but who is counting!?) making a colony, complete with leaf cutter ants, a queen (well two queens), eggs and babies. Clean up was easy peasy. If you are looking for a simple ant craft or art project to make with your kids this project is for you!

PS: We started off by watching videos to learn more about ants. Our favorite was a Ted Talk by Deborah Gordon.

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