DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Egg Carton Ant
This is another faithful old craft idea that I've done with my daughters and, way back when, as a child myself. Accompany it with
a tasty snack of "ants on a log" (cheese whiz coated celery sticks sprinkled with raisins), a rousing song of "
The Ants Go Marching" and a fun children's story like
The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb.
The ant craft is fairly correct from an anatomic standpoint -- three body parts (head, thorax and abdomen), 6 legs and 2 antennae.
- cardboard egg carton - you need three cups attached
- yellow, brown, red or black tempra paint (or another color if you want to make a creative ant)
- paint brush
- 4 pipe cleaners (chenille) -- three for legs and one for the antenna
- sharp pencil
- wiggly eyes, 2 cheerios or 2 fruit loops
- black marker
- Cut a strip of cups (3 cups) from the egg carton -- adults can do this before craft time.
- Paint the cups and let dry
- using a sharp pencil, poke two holes in the top of the first cup -- adults can do this step before craft time.
from inside the cup, poke both ends of the pipe cleaner through the pencil holes (one end through each hole) to make antennae.
- You can twirl the ends around a pencil to make them curly.
- using a sharp pencil, poke one hole on each side of each cup (6 holes in total) -- again, adults can do this step.
- Push a pipecleaner through the holes in the first cup.
- Make the same amount of pipecleaner stick out the sides -- these are two legs -- you can bend little feet into the ends of the
pipecleaner if you like.
- Repeat with the second cup and third cup
- You should end up with 6 legs when you're through
- Glue the wiggly eyes onto the head (you could substitute 2 cheerios or 2 fruit loops).
- Optional: draw on a mouth with black marker
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