Build Your Own Ant FarmWritten by Nell Taliercio
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First, you need to locate an ant farm in your backyard. With shovel, gently dig up area, which seems to have highest ant population. Look for queen ants with wings and larvae, if possible. Transfer soil and ants into bucket.
Place small container in center of aquarium. It should take up all space except one inch around all sides. (This forces ants to build against glass, where they are easily viewable.)
With funnel add soil and smaller worker ants to space between containers. Next, add larger ants, queen ants and larvae.
Once ants are in their new home, tightly cover aquarium. Make air holes, smaller than ants.
Make a construction paper cover to place over aquarium. This will make ants feel as though they are underground. To view ants, simply remove cover.
Feed ants small bits of honey, sugar, tiny pieces of fruit or bread dipped in sugar water. Provide water via a soaked cotton ball, every other day. And just plain enjoy new farm full of ants!
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Encouraging Your Child To WriteWritten by ShowKidsTheFun
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Letter-writing: Have your child write a letter to Santa, Easter bunny, or Tooth Fairy. Or, your child could write to their favorite athlete, fictional character, or movie star.
Alphabet Game: Take a piece of paper and write letters A-Z in left column. Then, choose a category from following or make up one of your own. Vegetables, Fruits, Animals, Musical Instruments. For older children, categories can be narrower and more difficult, like Countries, Characters in Literature, Presidents, etc. Set a timer and you and your child both list as many of items in category as you can for each letter. The trick at end is that you have to cross off anything on your list that your child has listed. (for instance, if you both have "apple" for an "a" fruit, then parent crosses theirs off.) Whoever has most words wins.
Character Game: Tell your child to pick a character from a book or movie that he's familiar with, and you do same. Then, ask several questions and you each write answers to questions on a piece of paper. When you've finished asking questions, then have your child read answers and try to guess who he was pretending to be. You do same and see if your child can guess who you were. Whether you are pretending to be Peter Pan or Shrek, you and your child will have fun and your child won't even realize he's practicing his writing!
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