Ants on a log counting and drawing game

During our study on ants, I shared this little DIY “ants on a log” counting game with the children then invited the children to draw their own ants on a log…

I made the “ants on a log game” as well as extra “logs” for the children to use by cutting up a couple of long dowel rods into smaller pieces and drawing ants on them…

During circletime, the children helped me count  and put the “ants on a log” in numerical order then I set the logs out during center time for the children to explore on their own.  I previously bought the dowel rods to use for rhythm sticks but decided I can simply paint over the ants when I am ready to make the rhythm sticks…

The children used black markers to add their own ants to their logs…

You may be wondering why we made ants on a log so I will tell you. Outside and around the back of our outdoor classroom is a very large pile of real wooden logs and the children had no problem finding lots of ants that live or crawl all over some of these wooden logs…

We set out some of our better wooden logs (one’s without the ants) to create an ant maze for the children to run through as well…

And they love it!

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By |2012-09-20T06:29:01+00:00September 20th, 2012|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. dianehurst1 September 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    Cool! This is a great idea!

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