Our Spring life cycles unit wouldn't be complete without an insect sensory experience.
Part of our Spring life cycles unit includes ants. My scholars have the opportunity to observe Harvester ants in our classroom ant farm. They're mesmerized by the tunneling and dedication to teamwork. Since handling the ants isn't an option, the Ant Hill Sensory Table takes the place of that experience. This sensory discovery gives my scholars the opportunity to set up their own ant hill, designing tunnels and mounds.
Kinetic sand is a fantastic, creative sensory medium.
The table filler is beach colored kinetic sand. I purchase the large three pound bags for my classroom activities. I added river rocks (that help to prop up artificial plants), artificial "Dog Tails" from Hobby Lobby, as well as a few artificial sunflowers. Artificial leaves are sprinkled around, for ants to "collect". The ants were ordered online and are much larger than most sold. They're approximately 1.5" long, making them the perfect size for this sensory table. Small, repurposed scoops are also added for additional fine-motor.
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