Package 1 - Year 1 and 2 Creative arts - The ants go marching

Your child will learn to sing a song and create rhythm using everyday kitchen items.

Week 6 - Package 1 - Year 1 and 2 Creative arts - The ants go marching

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


Back up

  • Smartphone

Before your child starts

Things to think about:

  • Traditional songs and rhymes are used and modified by children all around the world, and passed down through generations. Do you have any playground chants or songs you can teach your child from when you were a child? (For example, This little Piggy, Teddy Bear, I’m the King of the Castle or other singing, skipping or clapping games or a lullaby that was sung to you at bedtime).

  • Does your child have a rhyme or chant that they use in the playground? (For example, Baby Shark). Can they teach this rhyme, chant or song to you?

What your child needs to do

  1. Watch the animated clip of ‘The Ants Go Marching’.

  2. Find an instrument that can play a beat. It might be a cardboard box with a wooden spoon, or an old saucepan with a ladle. March to the beat, like the ants, stopping each time the ants stop to play a beat on their drums. Which verses do the ants stop and play the drum? (After verse 1, 2, 4, 5, 9 and 10.)

  3. Watch again, and learn the rhyming words at the end of each line.Can you make up new rhyming words for the little ant at the end of the line? (For example, instead of Number One, sucking his thumb. He could be eating a bun.)

  4. Replace ‘The Little one stopped to suck his thumb’ with ‘The Little one stopped to eat a Bun’ Can you devise new rhyming words for all the little ants?

  5. Watch the clip of ants preparing for a rain event. Can you count the number of legs the ant has? What do you think these ants are doing? (Preparing their ant nest so that they can get away from the rain.)

What your child can do next

  1. Research the characteristics of an ant. Find an ant that you like, and write some interesting facts about it. Draw your ant and label its body parts. Can you find its thorax, abdomen and antennas?

  2. Go for a walk in your natural environment. See if you can spot some ants in their natural habitat. Can you find an ant nest?

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Learn the song, memorising the rhyming words, one-thumb, two-shoe. What comes next?

Activity too easy?

Research the life cycle of an ant. (Egg, larva, pupa, and adult.) Draw and label a diagram.

Extension/additional activity

Make your own ant with an egg carton. Give the ant a name and photograph it for your teacher.

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