Easy Ant Craft your preschooler will love

Whether you’re learning about bugs or your child just loves the movie ants this easy ant craft is a must do. It’s easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers and uses just a few supplies.

Upcycle an old egg carton with some paint, pipe cleaners, and googly eyes into a quick and easy ant. Create one or create an entire colony, your choice.

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My daughter recently became obsessed with the movie “A Bug’s Life”. So making our own ants was a natural tie in. While mine is a more traditional black she insisted hers needed to be blue, just like the ants in the movie.

Supplies

How to make an egg carton Ant Craft

1 – The first step is to cut apart your egg carton into sets of 3. If it’s hard to break apart you can dampen it slightly and then allow it to dry again.

2 – Use a paintbrush to paint your egg carton whatever color you choose. Allow to dry before moving to the next step.

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3 – Poke 3 holes on either side of the body for the legs. I used a toothpick which was a little hard to push through but not terrible. (an adult should do the hole making)

At one end poke two holes in the top of one of the 3 pieces for the antennae.

4 – Push a piece of pipe cleaner into each hole folding a small piece of the end over.

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You can use hot glue to secure the leg if desired. Or hot glue them on the underside instead of making holes for the legs. (Hot gluing should only be done by an adult).

5 – Glue two googly eyes on the front of your ant (attach them to the same piece as the antennae).

Allow the glue to dry and your ant is complete!

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Learning Opportunities

Fine motor skills

Pushing the pipe cleaners into the holes and bending them can be a bit tricky. It’s perfect for working on fine motor skills. Lend them a hand and help them guide them in if they’re having trouble.

We hope you have fun making your very own ants. Tag us @totschoolresources on Instagram. We’d love to see what you make!

Yield: 1 ant

Egg Carton Ant Craft

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Fun & easy ant craft made from an egg carton. Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • 1 egg carton
  • 2 black pipe cleaners
  • paint
  • googly eyes

Tools

  • scissors
  • glue
  • paintbrush

Instructions

    1. First, cut apart your egg carton into sets of 3. If it's hard to break apart you can dampen it slightly and then allow it to dry again.
    2. Use a paintbrush to paint your egg carton whatever color you choose. Allow it to dry before moving on.
    3. Poke 3 holes on either side of the body for the legs. I used a toothpick which was a little hard to push through but not terrible. At one end poke two holes in the top of one of the body pieces for the antennae. (An adult will need to be in charge of making the holes)
    4. Push a piece of pipe cleaner into each hole folding a small piece of the end over. You can use hot glue to secure the leg if desired. (Hot gluing should only be done by an adult).
    5. Glue two googly eyes on the front of your ant (attach them to the same piece as the antennae). Allow the glue to dry and your ant is complete!

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