Giant Ant Farm review

We received a Giant Ant Farm and some harvester ants from Heath Scientific to try.

The Ants

Harvester ants are HUGE. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill tiny sidewalk ants. Even without a magnifying glass, you can clearly see their mandibles and other body parts.

The Farm

The Giant Ant Farm is fantastic for more than one child. The large, double-sided viewing area gives plenty of space for kids to come close and observe the ants.

The only drawback is the base: we’ve accidentally knocked it over a couple times. Then again, we have a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, so accidents are not unexpected. I expect that older kids wouldn’t knock it over. A large-base alternative–that won’t get knocked over–is the ant hill, which has a smaller viewing area but is more stable.

Taking care of the ants

Ants are low-maintenance. They just require a few squirts of water and crumbs of food. The ant farm came with a year’s supply of food, which makes it easy to feed them.

For all ages

My 4-year-old and a 2-year-old were absolutely fascinated when we set up the ant farm. Elementary aged kids will love the farm, as well–and they will be thrilled to see the tunnels the ants build.

I find it fascinating to watch the ants, too. You can see how they communicate and react to events–like water raining on their farm. It’s unbelievable that, even though no one ant is directing them, they still manage to get communal activities done. At first, they’d dig and refill each others’ tunnels, but now they’ve built several together.

Stocking stuffers of science

These fun and educational toys would make great stocking stuffers.

1. Make your own bouncy balls!

2. Astronaut ice cream. Enjoy freeze dried ice cream bars or dots.

3. Create a Diet Coke geyser powered by Mentos. If you haven’t seen the awesomeness that is a Diet Coke geyser, check out this video, then recreate it with this Geyser Tube. Messy, explosive science: what kid could want more?

4. Add water to one of these polymer packets and watch the magic! Create snow, giant jelly balls, slime, and more.