As a kid, I remember sitting out front of my house, on the sidewalk watching the ants. They are the tiniest bugs I had seen and I thought they were just fascinating. A little creepy looking as well, but fascinating none the less. Even now, as an adult, I think they are interesting and that interested has been passed on to my son who now is very curious about ants. Jaiden has become so interested in them that he asked for an ant factory. With the ant factory comes responsibility and it’s for that reason I want to share 4 tips to starting an ant factory.
When Jaiden’s GeoSafari Ant Factory arrived he was extremely excited and didn’t want to wait. He was ready to set everything up and buy supplies even though we still needed to get ants which could take some time. As we know, kids don’t have much patience and I can’t say anything because neither do I. Because Jaiden needed to wait, he decided to set everything up and read the guide book. Jaiden became even more impatient so we decided to go about our ant factory a different way.
4 Tips to Starting an Ant Factory
Getting Your Ants.
The easy way to go about getting your ants is to order them. If you purchase an ant factory housing unit they may provide you with a card for free ants where you would have to pay for shipping and handling. The other option, which is what Jaiden and I did, was head outside to an ant hill and collected ants from there. We have a ton of ant hills on our street and this was a quicker way to start his ant factory.
Gathering your sand can come about in a few ways. You can simply head to the store and purchase a bag of pure sand which is great for ants or, like Jaiden and I, you can head outside to your ant hills and collect from there. Since we collected ants from outside, we collected the same dirt/sand they had since that is what they were use too.
Ants like a wide variety of foods. I’ve seen ants surround chips, fruits, and candy that have been dropped on the ground. You can take a plate and put different foods out to see what they love most. This is also a great way to collect those ants for your ant factory. Water is important to your ants. You want to give them a little so that their sand looks damp and not soaked.
When you start your ant factory the ants will have to take the time to dig their tunnels. This is a great way to study them and their habits. Allow the children to take notes on their feeding and take photographs to document everything that is going on.
Ants are very interesting insects and a great insect for children to learn about. You can hold experiments to see what your ants like to eat and study how they come together and build a home. It’s also a great way to keep your children learning. They don’t realize how educational some things are. Jaiden has watched his GeoSafari Ant Factory and takes notes on how their doing and doesn’t even realize this is all educational.
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