Livvy loved this little critter so much she decided to adopt her as
a family member. So meet Livvy's Aunt Picnic - not to be confused with
an ordinary picnic ant.
We thought this little creature would
be a good way to teach children the parts of an insect: head, thorax,
and abdomen. The carrots become the 6 legs and 2 antennae.
- 1 can of jumbo or colossal pitted black olives
- 1 can of medium-size pitted black olives
- Shredded carrots
- Cream cheese
- A little adult help
- A sharp knife
- A plastic piping bag or zipper bag
- Kitchen shears or scissors
- Small serving plates
- Arrange the lettuce on a small plate.
- Select a large olive and poke 2 holes, one on each side.
- Select 2 long carrot shreds. Use the hardest ends to push the carrots into the olive to make the back legs.
- Take a medium-size olive and poke 4 holes, two on each side.
- Push a carrot shred into each hole.
- Put the cream cheese into the piping bag or on corner of a zipper bag. Clip the end to make a hole.
- Stick the end of the bag into the hole in the big olive and squeeze gently, pulling the bag out slowly as the olive fills. That's your ant's abdomen.
- Repeat with the medium olive that has the "legs" in it - the ant's thorax.
- Put the two cream cheese ends together so they stick and lay them on the bed of lettuce.
- The last olive should have a cross cut in one end where the machine pushed the pit out. Take 2 more carrot shreds and stick them in that slot to make the ant's antennae.
- Fill this last olive with cream cheese and stick it on for the head.
- Your auntie is ready for the picnic!