Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ant Art Projects

We've been obsessed with ants lately if you haven't heard! Check out my last post on Ant Explorations here along with a great book.  We've made egg carton ants before, but came across this great post from Adventures of An Art Teacher here.  She made egg carton ants with her students and used construction paper and hole punched eyes that were so cute! Here is our version of her ants crawling across the kitchen floor! So appropriate since we've had ants in our kitchen...but not this large...thank goodness!!!

I cut the egg cartons into three body part sections: head, abdomen, and thorax! Cassie wanted to paint them all black!

After finishing painting her ants, we used the leftover black paint to create fingerprint ants! We used black marker for the six legs!

Working on the ants!

Finished fingerprint ants! So cute! Notice the "one" Queen Bee (the one with the wings!)

After the egg carton ants were dry we used construction paper strips for legs and antennae. Hole punched eyes were added too! She wanted to add a breathing hole on the top of some of the ants! We actually read that ants have breathing holes all over their body! She added this before knowing this fact!

Cassie wanted to make a Queen ant so this one has wings and rainbow legs and antennae.

Ants invading our kitchen!

These egg carton eggs even inspired some imaginative play with the cooties form Cassie's Cootie Game!
Who would have ever thought....?

Egg Carton Ants riding on the Antique Fisher Price Train! Woo Hoo! Egg Carton Ants never had so much fun!

***Be sure to check out our Ant Explorations post here!

***One of my readers (Dawn) suggested another great Ant themed book: Ant Cities By Arthur Dorros.

***Another reader (Mary) suggested the book The Ant Bully by John Nickle.
***Can't wait to check them out!***

***Don't forget the great book I suggested in my last post too:
Two Bad Ants by: Chris Van Allsburg.


  1. My daughter is looking at this with me and wants to know all about Cassie!! The fingerprint ants look like so much fun. Love it!

  2. How wonderful that Cassie had so much fun with her egg carton ants. It's fantastic that Cassie created these ants and they were the perfect stimulus for creative and imaginative play.

  3. Cute! Thanks for sharing with me!

  4. so cute! WE are planning on making some egg acrton ants too! love how yours came out

    Bernadette - Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

  5. Too cute! Seriously seriously adorable! Love that they are rainbow coloured legs and love that she is having a good play with them at the end. That is nicest bit about home made crafts - the playing!

    Thank you for stopping by and linking to Kids Get Crafty! Always appreciate your visits!


  6. Adorable! Hope you sang the rubber tree plant song.

  7. So cute! I love the thumbprint ants!

  8. i love the fingerprint ants!! how sweet!

  9. Love both the egg carton and the fingerprint ants!! Very cute :)

  10. ooh, just love your egg carton ants and ant prints, wonderful! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  11. Loving the fingerprint ants... Too cute!

  12. I love all your ants. We just got rid of ants in our kitchen for real, but your are welcome anytime.

  13. Your child is really creative. I can see how she is very happy with what she is doing.

  14. I love that she played with them afterwards. I do have to say that her fingerprint ants were the best. Very pretty -- if and ant can be pretty.

  15. We just worked on ants this week as well! Yours turned out great. How creative!
    Thanks for sharing this idea at The Sunday Showcase!
    Classified: Mom

  16. Wow look at all those ants, they look pretty hungry to me!