Here are seven ant coloring pages that you can print out now and use in your classroom. Beneath each printable there are activity ideas and at the bottom of the page are 20 amazing ant facts.
1. Color in this picture and discuss with the class or a partner the following quesions.
This ant is heading off to work in an office. What does he do there?
He looks worried. Can you think of a reason why he would be?
2. Draw a picture of this ant's office and include the people he works with.
3. Write a short story titled "My Crazy Day at Work" written from the ant's point of view.
Color in this picture and then discuss these questions with the class or a small group.
These ants are standing on a train track. It looks like they are proudly posing for a photo.
What do you think they have been doing?
Do you think they built the train track?
Would ants find trains and tracks useful?
What would they use them for?
Is that the same thing we use trains for?
2. Which ant do you think is the train driver? Give him or her a train driver hat.
3. On another piece of paper draw a train with ants inside, waving at the window.
1. Color in this picture and then discuss these questions with the class or a partner.
What do you think this ant is carrying? Is it sugar, bread crumbs or a piece of cake? Which would they like the best?
2. Put different types of food on a piece of paper outside and see which the ants like the best. You only need crumbs left over from your lunch box.
This boy is watching ants. Write in the space below the picture what he can see the ants doing or draw a picture of yourself watching ants.
Go outside sit down and watch the ants in the grass or on the concrete for ten minutes. Write down everything you can see them doing.
Create your own ant artwork.
1. Use three lumps from an egg carton to form a body and add cardboard or pipe cleaner legs and antennae. The egg carton part could be painted black, red, brown or green.
2. Use fingers, the ends of pencils or thick sticks to print three blobs for the body of ants. Draw in 6 legs and 2 antennae. Paint a row of them going up a hill or along a field of grass.
3.Use large black, red, brown or green circles of paper or cardboard to form the body of ants. Glue the circles onto a large piece of paper. add googly eyes, pipe cleaner antennae that stick out and cardboard or paint legs.
Draw your own maze of ant paths on a piece of paper. Make them lead to food that the ants would like to eat like the picture above. When your done, challenge your friends to find the way to each piece of food.
Discuss with the class, a small group or a partner the following questions.
Who is the ant on this page?
Who is the ant on this ant coloring page?
Imagine he is inviting you to come over and visit his home.
Write a short story explaining what happened.
How did you get small enough to get inside his house?
What was it like inside?
What did he give you to eat and drink?
What did you like about his home? What didn't you like about his home?
What was his family like?
1. The majority of ants that we see are sterile wingless females. Most colonies only use a few males (drones) and one, or sometimes two, queens for reproduction.
2. Males and Queens are easy to spot. They both have wings. Males are the same size as worker ants (or smaller). The queen is larger than all the other ants in the nest.
3. Ant colonies are sometimes called super organisms because they act as if they are a single living creature. In the same way that cells group together to form a body, ants group together to form a colony.
4. The only places that don't have ants are Antarctica and a few remote islands.
5. Termites, often called white ants, are not ants at all and are more closely related to cockroaches.
6. There are more than 12,000 known species. However,some scientists estimate that there could be another 10 000 undiscovered varieties living in tropical regions.
7. Ants have an exoskeleton instead of bones. An exoskeleton is a hard shell like covering that protects and supports the body.
8. They don't have lungs. Oxygen and other gases pass through tiny valves in their exoskeleton called spiracles.
9. Ants have two compound eyes which are made up of thousands of lenses. They also have three smaller one lens eyes on the top of their head.
10. Antennae (feelers) attached to the head are used to detect chemicals, air currents and vibrations. They are also used to transmit and receive signals through touch.
11. In some species a small pocket inside the mouth stores food The food is passed to other ants or their larvae.
12. A hooked claw at the end of each leg helps ants to climb and hang onto surfaces.
13. The life of an ant starts from an egg. If the egg is fertilised, the progeny will be female, if it is not it will be male.
14. A new worker spends the first few days of its adult life caring for the queen and young. It then graduates to digging and other nest work. Later in its life it defends the nest and searches for food.
15. The females of many species are known to be capable of reproducing asexually and one species the Mycocepurus smithii is known to be all-female.
16. The queens can live for up to 30 years, and workers live from 1 to 3 years. Males, however, live only a few weeks.
17. In large groups, a forager that finds food makes a scent trail on the way back to the colony. This trail is followed by other ants who reinforce it when they return with food to the colony.
18. A crushed ant emits an alarm scent that sends nearby ants into an attack frenzy.
19. Some species use "propaganda scents" that confuse enemy ants and make them fight among themselves.
20. Bullet ants, located in Central and South America, are considered to have the most painful sting of any insect. However, it is not usually fatal.