Ant farms are an awesome way to spark curiosity in children. They are a lot of fun too! We’ve collected 9 of what we think are the top selections to find the best ant farm for kids and have reviewed them so you can easily choose from the winners to keep your children engaged and learning about the natural world.
Here they are: our picks for the best ant farms for kids, reviewed for you!
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What are the top choices to find the best ant farm for kids?
Here are 9 of the best ant farm for kids currently available:
- Educational Insights GeoSafari Ant Factory
- Educational Insights GeoSafari Day ‘N’ Night Ant Factory
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- Light-up Ant Habitat for Kids
- Ant Habitat w/LED Light
- Uncle Milton Ant Farm Live Ant Habitat, Vintage
- NAVADEAL Ant Farm Castle
- Insect Lore Ant Farm – Two Sided Ant Mountain
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1) Educational Insights GeoSafari Ant Factory
Educational Insights GeoSafari Ant Factory. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
First, we feature the Educational Insights GeoSafari Ant Factory. This kit enables children to see live ants at work, and includes one 9” x 15” escape-free habitat, a water dropper, a canal starting tool, and a 24-page guide book.
The kit also includes a certificate to obtain your ants by mail ($4 shipping and handling fees are not included). Once you mail your certificate you should receive your ants within 2-3 weeks.
The ant farm has sturdy round feet to avoid tipping, and plastic grips on the top.
Note: This product requires 2 cups of sand (not included), and ships for free within the US.
Users love that the habitat is sturdy and well-made, and that children get to feed the ants and develop caretaking skills.
2) Educational Insights GeoSafari Day ‘N’ Night Ant Factory
Educational Insights GeoSafari Day ‘N’ Night Ant Factory. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This ant farm uses nutrient-rich farm gel which doubles as habitat and food, as well as color-changing LED lights that light up the farm at night. Using the nutrient-packed gel eliminates the need for feeding or watering.
The kit includes 1 ant habitat with 3 magnification spots, color-changing LED lights with an on/off switch, and an air vent that allows air to come in while keeping the ants safely contained inside.
The kit also comes with a certificate to obtain ants by mail ($4 shipping and handling charge not included). You will receive your ants within 2-3 weeks of mailing your ant certificate.
Note: Ants cannot be shipped to Hawaii or Oregon. Instructions for obtaining your ants if you live in Canada or in the UK are included on the certificate.
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Ant Farm Viewing Habitat – Escape Proof Ant Hill Kit. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This ant habitat is designed to look like a real ant’s home with its hill shape. The kit includes the habitat, sand, an activity book, and a certificate to mail away to receive a colony of live harvester ants.
The double-sided viewing area allows children to see the ants’ activity up close, and the instruction manual provides an overview of how to care and keep ants. Educational activities are also included in the booklet for you and your children to do together.
The wide base makes it very difficult to tip over, and the dome-shaped, see-through home gives children a crosscut view to see the ants burrowing and tunneling through the sand.
When you mail in your certificate, you receive a vial of 25 harvester ants that you can introduce into your ant hill. Children can feed their ants: one morsel of food the size of a piece of popcorn can feed 25 harvester ants for 3 days. They will also need a few drops of fresh water every few days, and can live for two to four weeks in the ant hill.
4) Light-up Ant Habitat for Kids
Light-up Ant Habitat for Kids. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This ant habitat comes with bright blue, space-age gel that glows. Ants can dig through the nutrient-packed gel and when children turn on the lights, the habitat glows. The lights can also encourage the ants to go deeper into the gel.
The kit includes one habitat with lights, one USB power cord (no batteries needed), a magnifying glass, a tunnel starter tool, and a 16-page color learning guide.
The guide has lots of fascinating facts about ants, such as their amazing strength, the ways that they communicate with each other, and even odd facts such as the butt of an Australian green ant tastes a bit like a lime!
The habitat also comes with a discount coupon for live ants, with instructions on how to order and prepare for delivery of your ants.
5) Ant Habitat w/LED Light
Ant Habitat w/LED Light. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This ant habitat has cool blue LED lights that encourage ants to dig further, creating huge, intricate tunnels. The kit comes with a habitat, a magnifying glass, a tunnel starter tool, and an educational ant science ebook.
The nutrient-rich blue gel means no need for feeding or providing extra water. No batteries needed, as the LED light comes with a power cord that plugs into a standard electrical socket.
The LED light can double as a night light, and there is also a discount included to get your live ants.
The ebook has interesting facts about ants (for example that the largest ant colony on earth is over 3000 miles), experiments, and information on ant biology.
6) Uncle Milton Ant Farm Live Ant Habitat, Vintage
Uncle Milton Ant Farm Live Ant Habitat, Vintage. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This vintage-style ant farm allows children to observe ants digging tunnels, building bridges, moving mountains, and more. The self-locking device makes the habitat escape-proof and provides easy access for feeding and giving the ants water.
The stand is tip-proof and there is an antway connector tube included so that you can link multiple habitats together if you wish to create an even larger ant community (just be sure to use ants from the same community, otherwise they will fight!)
A STEM learning guide is included with many interesting facts about ants, such as how they talk to each other. An online code voucher is also included so that you can get free ants for your habitat. You just pay the shipping and handling fee.
7) NAVADEAL Ant Farm Castle
NAVADEAL Ant Farm Castle. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This habitat for ants enables children to watch ants create 3D tunnels. The ant castle has an aperture on the lid of the feeding system that makes it easier to load ants into the container, and offers ventilation.
The habitat comes filled with a blue gel which is translucent, and the feeding and watering holes provide more opportunities to observe how the ants behave.
The kit includes one gel-filled habitat, one plastic pipette, one plastic nipper for food feeding, 2 cotton pads for providing extra water, and a manual.
There is also a ‘live ants order recommendation card’ inside with a coupon for buying live ants. Suggested ants for this kit are harvester or carpenter ants that are over ¼ inch long.
8) Insect Lore Ant Farm – Two Sided Ant Mountain
Insect Lore Ant Farm – Two Sided Ant Mountain. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This hill-shaped ant farm is made to look like an ant’s real home. It has a two-sided viewing habitat with an escape-proof/locking lid, ‘easy dig’ sand, a sand rod for tunneling, an activity/instruction manual, and a certificate to mail away for a colony of live harvester ants.
With this ant farm, children learn responsibility of care by feeding their ants small bits of food every three days and a few drops of water on the fourth day.
Kids love that the ants get right to work and that they can feed them. They also love that the ants can be seen from all angles.
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NAVAdeal Ant Farm Habitat. Click the photo to see the price on Amazon.
This ant habitat is made of 4mm thick acrylic, so it’s heavy, sturdy and crystal clear for good visibility. It comes pre-filled with a blue nutrient gel that gives children a 3D perspective on their ants, with no need for feeding them.
Live ants are not included but there is a recommendation in the kit for ordering live ants, as well as tips on how to handle ants. The ant aperture on the lid makes it easier to load live ants into the habitat and provides some ventilation without ants being able to escape.
The habitat holds 15-20 ants at a time, and comes with a magnifying glass and a tunnel starter stick as well as the instruction manual. It safely stands on its own and doesn’t tip.
Kids love that ants love it! One user put in Southern fire ants and they started tunneling within a few hours and were still at it 3 weeks later.
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