We have been getting into a habit at our house of doing an insect unit study every so often focused on one particular type of insect. We previously studied ladybugs, butterflies, and silkworms. Our most recent unit, however, was focused on ants. As part of our ant unit, I created an Ant Mini Printable Pack with 24 activities focused on skills such as shapes, fine motor skills, math, and literacy. These ant printables are geared towards kids ages 2-6.
Note: For more resources, printables and activities related to ants and other insects, please see my insects unit study page.
When I do a unit study, we spend a lot of time focused on content learning related to the topic. In the case of our ant unit, we learned about their anatomy, their tunnels, their eating habits, and more. My Ant Mini Printable Pack, however, is focused not so much on learning about ants but on getting kids to work on other skills like fine motor skills, math, and literacy. I find that my kids are more motivated to work on these skills when I provide them with ways to do so that connect to the theme of the unit we are working on.
In this post I’m sharing just some of the ant printables my kids did from my Ant Mini Printable Pack.
Both kids worked on these ant mazes, helping the ant find the fruit to eat. As you’ll see, I put these worksheets into our Crayola Dry Erase Activity Centers so that I could re-use them. Plus, when the kids make a mistake on their worksheets it is so easy to erase and start again when using the Crayola Dry Erase Activity Centers!
As you can see by comparing the photo above with the photo below, the mazes the kids worked on had different levels of difficulty. Indeed, many of the activities in my Ant Mini Printable Pack include multiple levels so you can tailor the activity to kids at different levels.
The kids enjoyed this activity that required them to sort and paste items that ants eat vs. items that ants would not eat. We had some good discussions from this about why they thought ants would eat certain things but not others.
I pulled out our do-a-dot markers so XGirl could do this ant trail activity.
QBoy is getting really good with his letters and with alphabetical order. I snuck in some extra practice with this ant-themed Fill in the Missing Uppercase Letter worksheet. I gave him some uppercase letter stamps to do this activity. (If you are looking for letter stamps, I recommend the ones from Educational Insights. We own the lowercase alphabet stamps from Educational Insights and like them a lot!)
Both kids worked on their scissors skills.
After QBoy cut out his ants, he wanted to play an “ants in the pants” game, so I stuffed a few ants down his pant leg for him.
Yes, we do try to keep learning light and fun at our home. :-)
These are just a few of the activities available in my Ant Mini Printable Pack. Here is a sneak peak at all 24 activities included in the pack:
For more resources, printables and activities related to ants and other insects, please see my insects unit study page.
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