Teaching kids about ant anatomy {insect printable}

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If you’ve been following along lately, you know that I am sharing a number of activities my kids and I did as part of our recent unit study on antsOne of my goals for our ant unit was for my kids (and myself!) to become familiar with ant anatomy. So I created a printable ant anatomy cut-and-paste activity that my kids and I worked on together as part of our studies.

I have included a link to download my ant anatomy printable at the end of this post. (I also have another post sharing a free insect anatomy printable game that is relevant to all insects.)

Note: For more resources, printables and activities related to ants and other insects, please see my insects unit study page.

Teaching kids about ant anatomy with a free printable activity || Gift of Curiosity

Like all insects, ants have three main parts to their body: a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. Other notable aspects of the ant’s anatomy include the antennae, eyes, mandible, legs, petiole, and gaster. As part of our ant unit, I wanted my kids to know the names of each part and to be able to identify them. During our unit study, we did several activities to learn about ant body parts. Today I’m sharing the activity we did specifically using my Ant Anatomy printable.

I started by giving each of my kids a blank ant anatomy chart to fill in.

Teaching kids about ant anatomy with a free printable activity || Gift of Curiosity

I also set out a completed ant anatomy chart (included in the printable). I set this key up where my kids could refer to it as they worked.

Teaching kids about ant anatomy with a free printable activity || Gift of Curiosity

The kids started by cutting out each of the ant anatomy labels.

Teaching kids about ant anatomy with a free printable activity || Gift of Curiosity

And they worked diligently to glue them on their ant anatomy charts. I helped the kids read each of the labels, and then the kids were responsible for determining the right place to glue their labels on their charts. (I provided help when needed, of course. I also encouraged them to look at the completed Ant Anatomy chart for assistance.)

Teaching kids about ant anatomy with a free printable activity || Gift of Curiosity

All in all, this is a fun and easy way of teaching kids about ant anatomy!

Click here to download your copy of the
Ant Anatomy Printable!

For more resources, printables and activities related to ants and other insects, please see my insects unit study page and my Insects Pinterest page

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Comments

  1. says

    What a great ant anatomy diagram and with the cut and paste aspect even pre/early writers can do this! Thanks for sharing it on Science Sunday!

  2. says

    This is too fun! My son will love this. I am printing and pinning!

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  3. says

    Just stopping by to let you know that this post has been featured at the Kids Learning Printables Linky Party! I absolutely love it. Thank you so much for your hard work!

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