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Hungry Ants


Use a marker to divide a paper plate into six sections. Place different food scraps -- such as apple pieces, cookie crumbs, bread bits, peanut butter, leaves, and so on -- in each section. Place the plate in an area where you have seen ants in the past or near an anthill you have found. (Try to keep the food scraps safe from birds.) Let children observe each day and record what they see. Which food have ants eaten fastest? Make a simple graph to show the results.


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