Fun activities for young people
Ants & Ladders
ants & ladders is a variation of the snakes and ladders game to help young people understand the consequences of ant invasions and poor biosecurity.
Print the first page of the ants & ladders pdf out on an A2 or A3 sheet of paper and play as you would normal snakes and ladders.
Feel free to customise the board to your own language or for a particular ant using the powerpoint version.
Crossword and wordsearch activities
Activities such as this crossword (solution) and wordsearches for younger (solution) and older (solution) children, help the children become more familiar with the words used to describe invasive ants and their effects. Links are included in the lesson plan pdf to free online software that will allow you to create word searches and crosswords in your own language, as well as solutions to all three puzzles.
Match words to pictures
This matching sentences to pictures exercise (solution) is a fun way to reinforce the ideas that students have learned from the lesson plan. The ant life cycle exercise (solution) helps the children learn the unique life cycle of ants. It's this life cycle that makes ants so difficult to get rid of!
Pacific Invasives Initiative created this biosecurity poster for awareness and for colouring in. The poster shows how islands can look with and without invasive species. Ask the children to identify the invasive species. Ask them to spot the differences between the invaded and uninvaded island. Are any of these invasive species around where you live? What do they think the terms "prevention", "surveillance" and "rapid response" mean?
content reviewed by Marion Saunders, Pinehaven School NZ, June 2016