We live out in the country in a truly rural setting and ants are all around us. We keep them out of the house of course, but this interesting insects are always up to something. They build, march, gather, and move all about. To help my children learn more about ants I wanted to help them experience ants, but not by bring them into the house, per say. After getting a copy of the new Sid the Science Kid: Enyclopedia of Discovery DVD from NCircle Entertainment I came up with a really fun hands-on experiment using ants and ant facts.
Before I get much further into this review, giveaway, and hands-on sensory activity, I would like to say that I was given a free copy of the DVD to assist in this review by NCircle Entertainment. For full details read my disclosures found HERE.
I want to march right in step with our ants friends and dive right into the hands-on experiment, but I would first like to tell you all about the new Sid the Science Kid: Encyclopedia of Discovery. This fun kid’s DVD is chalk full of entertaining topics, 26 in total! The fun stories and topics included are:
- Animal Classification
- Drawing and Painting
- Gravity and Weightlessness
- How to Read a Mao
- Learning to Tell Time
- Optical Illusions
- Solar and Wind Energy
- Tree Life Cycle
- Where Does Our Tap Water Come From
- Why is the sea salty?
I would be surprised if you could not find a topic in this DVD that can supplement your lessons on science. And the way the stories are told is perfect for your beginning science students as well. The best part is that each episode is full of vivid colors and we absolutely love that they pack such a big punch told in that perfect style that children not only love, but also want to watch more of. Since the information in the episodes is not sacrificed, the content packs not only a large punch in a short time, but is also relatable to children so will be remembered by them as they learn the topics at hand.
Amazing Ants Sensory Activity
With that in mind, let’s get back to the topic of ants. To go along with the fun lesson on the Sid the Science Kid: Encyclopedia of Discovery episode about ants I created this FREE Amazing Ants Sensory Activity! We have lots of ants around our home, but luckily not in our home. When Beck and Elizabeth are outside they often see lots of ants, ant hills, ant trails, and more. To help them learn about more about ants I created a fun hands-on activity that will allow them to learn about and with ants, but not by bringing them into the house.
This hands-on sensory activity is easy to set-up. In order to set-up this hands-on science sensory activity you will need the following materials:
- FREE Amazing Ants Sensory Activity Printable (See Below)
- Shaving Cream
- Realistic Play ants
- Cookie Sheet
Start by cutting out and laminating the ant fact cards from the FREE Amazing Ants Sensory Activity Printable. You can find out how to instantly download this PDF for free below. Then, spread them out on the cookie sheet. Once spread out, cover the cookie sheet in shaving cream.
Now it is time to start having fun. After you watch the Sid the Science Kid: Encyclopedia of Discovery episode on Ants, have your student take one of the realistic ants and dig, dive, trail, search, and move around the shaving cream to find the ant facts like they would find food in real life. The shaving cream adds natural resistance like ants would find when they are tunneling in their nests or searching for food. Since ants like mostly underground the shaving cream also shows children some of how they burrow and move materials around, which is how they also form their ant hills with the excess materials then mine out of their tunnels.
As your child gets into the hands-on fun of this sensory activity they will have a blast finding the food and learning all about ants!
You can see a fun video on how to set-up and use this fun hands0on Amazing Ants Sensory Activity at:
Would you like to use this fun Amazing Ants Sensory Activity with your children or students? Then why not instantly download and use this pack for FREE by simply clicking the link below.
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As a bonus for readers of Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, NCircle Entertainment has graciously offered to allow me to host a giveaway for one of my lucky readers to win a free DVD copy of Sid the Science Kid: Enyclopedia of Discovery that will have both you and your children jumping for joy while learning about science. I will provide the winner’s information to NCircle Entertainment and they will send your copy via mail. Please enter below if you would like to win this giveaway: