Build Your Own Ant Farm

Written by Nell Taliercio

Why build your own ant farm? Ant farms are, both, fun and educational. They take up little space and are a great way to teach your children about these amazing little insects. They will learn a bit about entomology and how an ecosystem works… without even trying.

There is no need to purchase a ready-made ant habitat. Building your own ant farm is easier than you might think. It is an ideal science project or something to consider when your kids are suffering from a case ofrepparttar ‘mid-summer there’s-nothing-to-do blues’.

If you haverepparttar 146197 time to researchrepparttar 146198 subject, on your own, you will probably find a wide variety of instructional articles and tips touching onrepparttar 146199 best way to build an ant farm. Some of these methods will prove to be more complicated than others.

But, if you are anything like me I know you are interested in a fairly simple project. So, I recommend that you followrepparttar 146200 instructions below and saverepparttar 146201 HARD work forrepparttar 146202 ants!

Supplies Needed:

• Small aquarium and a smaller container to take up un-needed center space • Sand and/or garden dirt • Funnel • Construction paper • Scotch tape • Shovel • Bucket • Cotton balls • Honey • ANTS! (large black ants work best)

Encouraging Your Child To Write

Written by ShowKidsTheFun

How inrepparttar world do you get your child to write? This isrepparttar 146196 battle cry of many parents. A lot of imagination, with a little bribery (or praise) is all you need to get your child writing. We'll supplyrepparttar 146197 imagination. The praise and bribery is all up to you.

Grocery List: Enlist your child's help in makingrepparttar 146198 grocery list. Walk aroundrepparttar 146199 kitchen, naming things you need fromrepparttar 146200 store. Ask your child to write everything down. Your child can also suggest foods you might need fromrepparttar 146201 store and he can add those, too.

Old Checks: If you've recently switched banks and have checks that need to be destroyed, first let your child play with them. Give him some envelopes and he can pretend to pay bills -- while getting him to do some writing. Of course, destroyrepparttar 146202 checks afterwards. If you do not have checks available, you can just give your child some blank pieces of paper and he can make his own checks.

Cards: If your child is interested in Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh cards, then give him some index cards cut in half and have him design his own cards. Encourage your child to giverepparttar 146203 characters names and special abilities on their cards.

Fictional Journal: Sometimes it is hard for children to write in a journal. What is there to write about? Instead of a standard journal, give your child a fictional journal. He or she can pretend to be anything they'd like to be and write a journal as that person. Your child could write fromrepparttar 146204 perspective of an Astronaut discovering a new planet, Prince or Princess on an Adventure, Archaeologist finding a new species of Dinosaur, Famous Athlete, President of a Country, Passenger onrepparttar 146205 Titanic. Your child could write fromrepparttar 146206 perspective something instead of someone, a mailbox, an animal, a pen. The possibilities are endless.

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