By Valle Dwight
Spring and summer are the perfect time to learn about the bugs that share our planet, especially the ubiquitous ant. In fact, with some 12,000 species, there are very few ant-free zones in the world.
Ants are a great choice for this activity because they are nonthreatening to most children, operate out in the open, and have an active and complex social life. Studying a working anthill will inspire budding biologists and other scientists by developing their observation and note-taking skills.
Get ready: Do some fact-finding
Make it happen: Get an ant’s-eye view
It’s time to do field research — literally.
Try coming back a few times, observing the ant colony at different times of the day.
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