A Holiday Gift

February 13, 2010

My thoughtful and creative husband Andy gave me an ant farm for Christmas.  You know, like many of us might have had, or known someone who had one, back when you were a kid.  I believe Andy thought the gift was a gamble, but he didn’t have to worry as I thought it was a very cool idea and I was excited about the photographic possibilities.

Here’s what the box looks like.  It comes with “Ant Watcher’s Manual”, water dropper, food packet, and tunneling sand.

Package and Contents of the box

The Ant Watcher’s Manual is on the left.  Its full of ant trivia and and guidelines all appropriate for their target audience which seems to be 8 year old boys from the 1950s.  There is a coupon inside to mail away for the ants, as well as the option to pay a little bit more to join the “Club” which comes with some extras, including a membership card, poster, and magnifying glass.  Of course I opted for the club.

The materials inside do tell you that it may take 4-6 weeks for the ants to arrive.  They don’t like to ship them in bad weather.  But when they cashed my check in early January I started to get exited and began making sure to check the mail every day.

And then I waited.

And waited.

While waiting, I figured out where I would keep the ants and how to best get consistent photos of the ant farm.  I plan to do a time-lapse kind of thing where I will take a picture daily (or maybe twice daily) to track their progress in developing their little habitat.

Here’s the ant farm all ready to go, just add ants:

Empty Habitat - Just Add Ants

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