Ant Farm Review

OK, how many of you moms out there cringe when you hear the words “ant farm?” I have to admit that I am one of those moms. I have a fear of them escaping from their “farm” and crawling all over the house or even worse into our beds. My son has added this item to his wish lists over the years, but I’ve always kind of ignored it. I didn’t mind if he got one…but I didn’t have the guts to actually buy one myself. So for his birthday this year, his grandma granted his wish, and boy was he ecstatic! Day after day, he nagged me to order his ants. I finally came threw and ordered them online, and I admit that even I was getting a little excited about receiving our “live animal” package in the mail. On the day our little friends arrived, my husband was conveniently out of town. So guess who was in charge of welcoming the ants into their new home? Mom! Luckily I survived, and it has been a good experience so far. No escapees = success!

Here is how we set up our ant farm. He received the Uncle Milton Illuminated Ant Farm Gel Colony. We sent off for the ants (“free” w/$5 shipping), and they come in a tube like this. Most of the ants were alive, but there were some dead body parts mixed in…


Take the top of the ant farm off. With the provided tool, you need to make three tunnels to give the ants a head start on digging their own tunnels.

top open

Pour in your ants. I wore rubber gloves because the directions warned that the ants might bite. Yikes!

pour in ants

Home sweet home…now get that top back on!

ants in

One happy kid!


At night you can turn on the neon light, and it makes a great night light.


After a few weeks, there are still a few ants still alive. The package says they will last 1-3 months, but I’m not sure they will make it a month so that is the disappointing part. They have made all kinds of tunnels though, and it’s been fun to watch. We have even see them carry bits of the gel around in their mouth and then dump them in piles. They are constantly at work! It is amazing to see one of God’s not-so-lovable creatures up close and at work.

Amber Tincher and Amy Leckrone

Co-founders of Camp Mommawatchi

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