Ants on a Log

Invite some yummy ants to your picnic. These edible insects feed your child’s small motor skills and creativity.

WATCH OUT!

This is messy, so prepare yourself, your child and your work area. Our FAQ has simple cover-up tips if you need them.

MATERIALS - click to buy
  1. Celery stalks, washed and peeled, then cut into 3 inch pieces. An average stalk makes about 4 “logs.” You can find fresh celery in your grocery's vegetable section.
  2. Spreadable filling - Any soft spread of your choice, such as this sugar-free, 100% natural peanut butter here on Amazon. Or choose almond butter, cream cheese, or hummus. Go with you gut!
  3. Raisins, craisins, raw almonds like these, fresh blueberries from the market  ... whatever is considered yummy in your home.
  4. Dull, table knife like this one - For spreading the filling. No sharp knives around little ones please.
HOW TO
  1. Skilly Spark: Talk with your child about the ants they’ve seen.  Remember how they seemed to walk in lines, one after another? Well, let’s make a snack that shows just how ants do that!
  2. Put a small amount of filling into the curved inside of the celery log, and spread it across the whole piece. Some 3’s and 4’s can do this themselves, but younger children will likely need help.
  3. Ask your child to add the ants, also known as raisins, making them walk on top of the spread.
  4. Pretend, eat and enjoy.
 
Keep the fun going
  • For your next dinner party, ask your kid(s) to make their ants on a log and and offer them to your guests as an appetizer.