Ant Life Cycle Craft

With spring in full swing, there’s no better time to get creative and make this awesome ant life cycle craft! We have created an easy-to-follow craft that is both entertaining and informative. Your little ones will love assembling its individual parts as they learn about each stage of the ant life cycle.

If your kids loved this awesome craft, I’m sure that your kids will love more of these ant activities for kids!

This craft works for preschoolers all the way up through elementary students and is perfect for homeschoolers because it requires few materials and has minimal mess. You don’t need any previous experience or expertise, just some patience!

Ant Life Cycle Craft

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Fun Ant Facts

Did you know that ants are one of the most amazing creatures on Earth? They’re incredibly social, highly organized and have an impressive ability to communicate with each other. Here are some fun ant facts that kids can learn about!

  • Ants can lift up to 20 times their own body weight — that’s like a human lifting a car!
  • Ants have complicated nests with underground tunnels, chambers and even air conditioning!
  • Ants don’t have ears, but they can hear by feeling vibrations in the ground.
  • Some ants even farm fungus for food!
  • There are more than 12,000 species of ants found all over the world.
  • When ants fight, they use their antennae and jaws to grapple with each other – no biting allowed!

Aren’t ants amazing?

Ant Life Cycle Craft

Ant Life Cycle Materials

Ant Life Cycle Craft

Enjoy an engaging ant story or book filled with ant facts from this list and learn about the ant life cycle, habitat, and more!

Little Ant and the Dragonfly (Little Ant Books)Little Ant and the Dragonfly (Little Ant Books)Do Ants Wear Pants?: A Children's Rhyming Book (Rhyme Time)Do Ants Wear Pants?: A Children’s Rhyming Book (Rhyme Time)Are You an Ant? (Backyard Books)Are You an Ant? (Backyard Books)Anthill (Happy Fox Books) One-of-a-Kind Board Book Teaches Kids Ages 2–5 about AntsAnthill (Happy Fox Books) One-of-a-Kind Board Book Teaches Kids Ages 2–5 about AntsThe Life and Times of the AntThe Life and Times of the AntAnts for Kids: A Junior Scientist's Guide to Queens, Drones, and the Hidden World of AntsAnts for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Queens, Drones, and the Hidden World of Ants


Do your kids love watching ants go marching about from one place to another? These mind-enriching ant activities can encourage your kids to love ants more and observe them more!

Little Learners Print & Go Activity Kit: Ant Life Cycle

This is the perfect activity kit for this blog! From the life cycle of ants to the life concepts of ants – they are amazing to learn and your kids will really love following the ants’ lives marching up and down the hill!

Ant Farming Castle

Your kids can observe their own colony in your own home! Your little entomologists are going to love this kit as this ant farm will also prevent your kids’ ants from escaping and having an anty home!

Ant Life Cycle Craft

Instructions for Ant Life Cycle Craft

Grab your crafting materials and let’s get ready to make this adorable ant life cycle craft!

Use yellow construction paper for the background. Be careful when using scissors! Then, connect the beads to their respective colors.

Ant Life Cycle Craft

Now get the yellow construction paper and stick it to the paper plate after you’ve connected all the beads.

Time for the ant’s larvae! You need to section the cotton balls into small ones.

Ant Life Cycle Craft

Soak the brown beads in paint, which you have connected in the first few steps. I like to include a fuzzy orange ball at the top to serve as the “head” of the pupa. It gives it a more realistic feature!

For the adult ant’s legs, cut thin rectangular figures. Then, attach the pairs on opposite sides of the connected orange fuzzy balls.

Ant Life Cycle Craft

Lastly, to finish your craft, use the marker to label the ant’s life cycle, then you’re done!

ant life cycle craft

Ant Life Cycle Craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Grab your art materials and let's get learning! This ant life cycle craft is super easy to make and your kids will enjoy and learn from this craft!


  • Acrylic paint (White)
  • Construction papers (Orange and Yellow)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Marker
  • Beads (Orange, Pink, and Brown)
  • White cotton balls
  • Paper plate


    1. Cut a circle shape on a yellow construction paper
    2. Connect four brown beads using a glue stick. Do it also on the pink beads and other balls. See craft photo for guide.
    3. Attach the yellow round shape on a paper plate.
    4. Make a small round figure using white cotton balls which will serve as the ant's eggs.
    5. Soak the pink beads in the white acrylic paint. This will serve as the ant's larvae.
    6. Soak the brown beads, except the orange ball at the top. This will serve as the ant's pupa.
    7. Do the ant's legs using an orange construction paper. Cut 6 thin rectangular figures for its feet. Then attach 3 pairs on opposite sides of the connected orange balls.
    8. To finish your craft, use the marker to label the ant's life cycle.


  • Be careful of using scissors and paint.
  • Choose the proper materials to achieve the aspired outcome.
  • Let your creativity flow in your work!

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There you have it! A simple, enjoyable, and most importantly, educational craft for your kids. I hope your kids enjoyed making this craft as much as my kids did. With minimal supervision but tons of fun, your kids will be learning about ants in no time!

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