Watching the ant cycle can be both interesting as well as educational for all of us.
Did you know that the established queen will lay eggs that will grow into larvae which closely resemble maggots? The larvae will grow and shed their skin several times, where they will then resemble white ants. Finally, they will emerge as full grown ants. As your AntWorks habitat matures you may notice that the ants get bigger and bigger. This is a normal phenomenon, as the first generation ants are usually much smaller than subsequent generations even though they are the same species.
With the AntWorks ant habitat, you can watch ants create 3-D tunnels in the amazing space gel. This miraculous gel is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity. This space-age gel serves as both habitat and nutrition for the ants. Watch as the ants turn a brick of aqua-blue gel into a fascinating colony of tunnels! This is the first time anything has been created that enables you to view these awesome creatures at work. The AntWorks Gel is non-toxic and contains the necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth in the new colony. Watch ants live, work and tunnel in the nutritious gel as they create series upon series of intricate tunnels. Ants are highly intelligent, organized, numerous, and strong. With their largely developed brains, their compassion for fellow ants and ability to work as a team, their amazing physical strength-often carry 20 times their body weight, and an innate predisposition for a healthy attitude toward work. This ant habitat is easy to care for since the ants need NO food or water.
Ants are insects that evolved from wasp-like creatures over 100 million years ago. Today there are over 12,000 species of ants that have been classified.
Ants form colonies that range in population from a few dozen living in small natural cavities to millions that live in larger structures they build in the ground. The colonies consist of three types of ants. Sterile, wingless females, fertile males, and fertile females referred to as queens. The sterile female ants serve as soldiers or workers in the colony.
Ants work together in colonies to build their habitat and recreate. The process can be fascinating to watch for children and adults alike. Due to the fact that most ant colony behavior takes place beneath the ground, humans must use ant habitats or ant farms to observe ant colony behavior.
Myrmecology is the scientific study of ants, a branch of entomology.
Does this bring back memories? The Original Uncle Milton’s Ant Farms may be familiar to many parents and grandparents. Totally Kids fun furniture & toys still have available for you today.
Watermelon is a great way to hydrate and you can’t let summer pass you by without dazzling (or frightening) the fam with this shark. Rachael over at Sun Scholars shows you how to make this amazing Watermelon Shark, this week’s Recipe for Fun.
Gotta make this for my brother who didn’t take bath for months after seeing the movie Jaws. Lucky for him we had a shower.
Staying hydrated during this heat wave can be a challenge. Evenflo offers 5 tips on how to defeat the heat:
Tip # 1: Either mostly or completely cut out soda from your child’s diet. There is no nutritional value in it, and all it does is dehydrate their body even more than it already is. If your child is going to miss the soda, try giving them water with some fruit slices that will naturally add some flavor and sweetness.
Tip #2: Provide your children with snacks that will not only fill them up, but hydrate them. For example, cucumbers are almost completely made up of water, which makes them a light, refreshing snack. Other good choices are watermelon, citrus fruits, grape tomatoes, and colorful bell peppers. If your child gets turned off by the veggies, try cutting them into fun shapes or providing a healthy dip like yogurt or hummus, which also gives them a protein punch.
Tip #3: This one helps when you have kids who are too “busy” playing to stop to munch a snack, is to make it fun. My daughter almost always comes running when I make fruit caterpillars for her. All you need are toothpicks and fruit (just be careful if you give these to small children). Kids can even help make these, which can be a fun learning activity as well. Your child can make patterns with the fruit alternating grapes, blueberries, strawberries, or kiwi pieces. You can also make veggie caterpillars, which when you add some small pieces of cheese, adds some protein as well. The munching possibilities are endless!
Tip #4: Here’s a simple one, if you know you’re heading outside to be in the sun, try to get your kids to drink some extra liquids before you leave, so you won’t have to worry quite as much once you get to your sunny destination.
Tip #5: When your kids have their hydrating snacks and drinks, make sure you join them! It’s just as important that mommies take care of themselves as well. You set the example for your kids, so if they see you taking care of yourself, chances are they’ll follow!
Want to know when a Watermelon is ripe? Please let us know your tricks.
School has been out for a while now and quite possibly you may be ready for a little help keeping the kiddos entertained. Here are a few tried and true boredom busters. Go ahead and give them a try and let us know what you think.
Boredom Buster #2 – Batting Practice
Autie over at icandy-handmade.com orchestrated an amazing baseball birthday party for her son Max that will totally wow you. Do not miss the party pictures. With the temps reaching close to the 100 F mark this week, what could be a more fun way to cool off than with Autie’s water balloon batting practice?
Boredom Buster #3 – Sumo Wrestling
Sumo wrestlers wanted. (for fun) A couple of Dad’s oversized T-shirts and pillows – then let the fun begin! Check out the proof in pictures at all for the boys blog.
Boredom Buster #4 – Frozen Dinosaur Eggs
It looks like a great week for some frozen dinosaur eggs. Paging fun mums gets the credit for this “cool” boredom buster.
Boredom Buster #5 – Rainbow Bubble Snakes
Housing a Forest has a new twist on blowing bubbles and creating some colorful rainbow snakes. This is another boredom buster with items you most likely have at your house.
We invite other ideas for Summertime Boredom Busters.
Unfortunately, most of the advice found online pertaining to the subject of “getting rid of” snakes was not helpful. Often mothballs were advised, but then actually found to be ineffective. Commercial snake “repellents” which can be purchased are usually made of the same chemical.
What’s a snake fearing girl to do?
It was suggested that mowing or cutting away all of the vegetation and brush in your yard would help, but this also removes the important habitat for birds, butterflies and other backyard wildlife. This certainly will not happen in my garden as the wildlife is what the garden it is all about.
What I gathered is that I must learn to enjoy and appreciate the snakes. My deep seated fear is just a psychological phobia that our culture helped instill in us. Oh joy!
And yet, as a group, snakes are some of the most harmless and important wildlife that we can attract to our gardens. In fact, the vast majority of snakes are 100% harmless to people. I am not alone though, as the most common reaction most people have when they see a snake is to want to kill or eliminate it.
When snakes show up in your yard, it means the yard is a healthy ecosystem that is helping wildlife of all kinds to survive.
Shissy the Snake, shown above, might be a good way to desensitize kids a young age. She may be the only boa constrictor that likes to be hugged back! Professionals do recommend help in overcoming the fear of snakes, is exposure to an actual snakes. Starting out with Shissy could be the ticket before moving on to the real ones.
So today, on World Snake Day 2016 we will celebrate them.
Enjoy those snakes! Like all of the many mammals and birds that visit my garden, the new snakes will be given special names.
New mantra: snakes are beautiful and important wildlife.
Celebrate America’s Independence Day with this week’s Recipe for Fun. It’s another easy peasy to cook together with the kiddos. It’ll be fun making and taking these tasty stars on a stick.
LINE 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; lightly grease foil
Have a happy Father’s Day with Pancake Pops for Pops, this week’s Recipe for Fun. We found this to be a true win win for pancake lov’n Dads and their kids. Melissa from Number-2 Pencil blog, will show you how to make these bite size pancakes from scratch using creamy Greek yogurt, cooked on a lollipop stick. We know Pops for Pops will be a favorite at our house, and not reserved just for Father’s Day breakfast.
The Blue Basket has a fantastic DIY that even mom will want a turn wearing. Now, what dad would not enjoy this Father’s Day gift?
This looks like a funny and easy hack we found from Stoneridge Road. Pick up some men’s cushion comfort crew socks. Size 6-12 should fit most men plus a black waterproof permanent marker. Use your best penmanship, and there you have it a quick and easy Father’s Day gift and real conversation piece.
Dig out a mason jar. Then pick up a gold ribbon and some Hershey’s Nuggets, gold wrapped Rolo’s, Ferrero Rocher, chocolate gold coins, or Werther’s Original and fill your jar. I Dig Pinterest was the inspiration for this gift. You will find the printable tag over there.
Nearly Crafty has the 411 on this way cute bookmarker idea, hop on over. Think Grandpas and all of his grandkids with this one. How many markers could he receive?
We wish all of the fathers out there a very happy Father’s Day!
Sleepover: noun: Also known as a “slumber party” when multiple participants are included. A social gathering with the purpose of entertaining and promoting interpersonal bonding among those involved. Generally enjoyed by children and teens. Greatly feared by many adults. Beware: Usually a contradiction in terms, as very little sleep actually occurs during the event.
Summer Sleepovers could be so much more fun with this dual function bunk bed.
Spice up your summer sleepover parties with these entertaining games for girls:
Nail Polish Spin Game
Place several colors of nail polish in the middle of a circle of girls. Have the first girl spin a bottle of nail polish. Who ever the cap is pointing to when it is done spinning must paint one of her fingernails that color. Then that person spins the next color of nail polish …. and so on. Paint your toes also to make the game last longer.
Foil Make Over
The object is to create the best outfit out of aluminum foil. Crazy game and lots of fun. This can be played individually or if you have a lot of girls separate into teams. Give each person / team 1 or 2 rolls of aluminum foil. You can also use rubber bands or pieces of string if you want. Create the most fabulous outfit you can using the aluminum foil. Tops, pants, skirts, shorts … and don’t forget the sunglasses, jewelry, hats, flip-flops, tiaras booties, belts …anything your imagination can dream up. Be sure and take pictures of your creations.
Blind Make Over
The first person puts on a blindfold and does the makeup of the second person. Then when they are done the second person puts on the blindfold and does the makeup of the third person. Draw numbers to determine the order. Really funny – take pictures so you can keep the memories.
She Knows has some helpful advise and tips for parental survival like – inviting kids that you know, keeping it small, plan it for a Friday, be clear about the rules and don’t sweat the small stuff.
We wish you the best of luck and you may join us renaming this event to NO-“sleep”over.
It’s finally here! National Doughnut (Donut) Day! Either way you spell it, today is the day to celebrate them.
Friday, June 3, is National Doughnut Day and doughnut makers across the U.S. will celebrate by offering free doughnuts.
This tradition was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army to help raise funds for people in need. According to the Salvation Army Chicago’s website , the idea started on the battlefields of France during World War I when the Salvation Army served coffee and doughnuts to soldiers in the trenches.
And now for the really good news! Krispy Kreme is offering customers a FREE doughnut of their choice at all participating U.S. stores on Friday, June 3. No purchase is necessary for the free doughnut at Krispy Kreme. Go on….feel the love on #NationalDoughnutDay!
Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating too, you’ll get free doughnut with the purchase of any beverage at participating stores on Friday, June 3. Their offer is good all day long.
Pretend Play Doughnuts
Making a doughnut selection has never been so much fun! The “yummiest” decision your little baker will have to make is which of the twelve delicious-looking, self-stick toppings to place on the six doughnuts in this wooden pretend food set. Young chefs will love changing the toppings on the wooden doughnuts to make Doughnut specials every day!