We ended up doing an impromtu outdoor hour challenge the other day when the boys very excitedly called me over to look at something in the yard:
They were very pleased to announce that they had found a large black ant nest:
By happy coincidence we had picked out the perfect book for this challenge at the library earlier in the week, so after watching the ants for quite awhile we sat down outside to read:
We decided to set out some food for the ants so we could observe them gathering crumbs:
We were very curious to see what food they would prefer. While we were waiting we sat down to draw in our journals:
While Short Pants and I were finishing our journal pages Pita Pocket rode his bike around the yard in search of more anthills:
The boys observed that different types of ants build different types of homes. This was created by "little black ants"
Then it was back to waiting for the black ants to find their food:
They liked the apple slices best. Way to make healthy choices, ants!
Later I did some reading in the Handbook of Nature Study and related some ant facts to the boys. They thought it was very funny that ants clean themselves with their tongues and back feet!
For more info on outdoor hour challenges, head over to the Handbook of Nature Study blog: