Ants are incredibly smart insects and now you can study their behaviours up close! Watch as they build their home, gather food and tend to their offspring with Ant City. Ant colonies are incredibly organised and each ant has a particular job. The job of an ant can be determined by the experience they’ve had, just like humans!
To use Ant City, simply collect some soil and layer it with the yellow grit (included) into the clear, sturdy plastic bottle that is provided. The colourful six page instruction guide, complete with diagrams, provides information about collecting ants, how to introduce them to Ant City and what to feed them. Watch as the ants move through Ant City and observe their reactions to experiments suggested in the instruction guide, such as how they react to sweet things and foreign ant smells. Interesting information about ants, including what role each ant has and the different types of ants that are found in colonies, is also included.
The Australian Geographic Ant City Kit includes:
- Ant City bottle
- Screw top lid
- 2 x Mesh inserts
- Stabilizing base mould
- Feeding dish and cotton balls
- Bag of yellow grit
- Backdrop sticker
- Colour instructions
Ants, soil and food are not included in the kit.
Recommended for ages six and over. Adult supervision is required. Not suitable for children aged three years and under.
Packaging size: 260 x 260 x 65mm
Ant City also makes a great classroom teaching resource. This product can be used in classroom activities that align with the Australian Curriculum.
Foundation - ACSSU002
Living things have basic needs, including food and water
Year 1 - ACSSU017
Living things have a variety of external features
Year 1 - ACSSU211
Living things live in different places where their needs are met
Year 2 - ACSSU030
Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
Year 3 - ACSSU044
Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things
Year 4 - ACSSU072
Living things have life cycles
Year 4 - ACSSU073
Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive
Year 6 - ACSSU094
The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment
Year 7 - ACSSU112
Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs