To build an ant farm, locate an ant colony in your yard, transfer the dirt and the ants to a bucket, and then carefully funnel the dirt and ants into the farm. Add the queen ant, eggs and larvae on top of the dirt last.
- Gather supplies
You need a large glass jar or container to house the ants and a small glass container to fit inside and take up space.
- Find an ant colony
Look around your yard for an ant hill. Dig up some of the soft soil and ants, and place them in a bucket. Check for larger ants, a queen ant with wings, eggs and larvae, and add these to another bucket.
- Transfer the ants to the farm
With a paper funnel, carefully pour the dirt and the smaller ants into the glass container. Then place the queen ant and her offspring on top of the soil.
- Seal the farm
Poke small air holes in the lid of the glass container, and then screw on the lid.
- Cover the farm
Wrap a piece of paper around the glass container to create a sleeve, which provides darkness for the ants. In the dark, the ants start work immediately to create a new home
- Maintain the farm
Every couple of days or so, provide very small amounts of food and water for the ants.