GIANTmicrobes Red Ants In A Petri Dish

I received the ant collection from Giant Microbes for my reviews in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are 100% mine.

What else comes out in warmer weather?


Warmer weather brings my husband and I out into the yard more. Sitting outside enjoying nature or spending time in the garden brings us into contact with the Red Fire Ants that are trying to take over our yard. Neither my husband and I are a fan of these ants and my husband patrols the land we live on armed with his fire ant killer compound.
Red Ants In Petri Dish
Viewing the ants in this form is much more agreeable to me. It will also be a lot safer to let the grand kids study these in the Giant Microbes petri dish when the kids come for a visit when summer vacation begins.

I’ve become a wealth of interesting information since studying fire ants thanks to Giant Microbes and their wonderful ants that inspire creativity and the desire to learn.

The other night my husband and I were outside sitting and enjoying nature and he made the remark that he had noticed more fire ants hills this year then any other that he could remember. I replied, “It is the older colonies that make the mounds. There are several small colonies under ground as well. They wait until they have a certain number before producing a hill that is visible. Younger colonies wait until they are established and have a few thousand workers. There can be tens of thousands of ants when they reach maturity and build a mound that is noticed.” My husband looked at me a little stunned and replied, “How do you know so much bout ants?” Well we all know the answer to that one don’t we?
Red Ants In Petri Dish
I’m been studying about ants when I got the ones from Giant Microbes and that is why the company is so important. On a day by day basis we often walk across ant hills and note that they are aggravating or interesting but it stops right there.

When you put a Giant Microbes Ant in someone’s hand then a magical thing occurs usually with the exclamation of “Cool!”
Red Ants In Petri Dish

Then the magic happens which is curiosity. The company always gives a few interesting facts attached to the products that are purchased. This always waters my desire of wanting to learn more. Knowledge starts to grow whether searching the libraries or the internet about the Giant Microbes replica.

Before you know it, a wealth of knowledge grows along with the awareness of our visible surroundings or micro organisms that make up the invisible world that surrounds us. With knowledge comes power and when you give that type of power to a child then your giving them a gift to not be controlled by spoon fed information or false information spread by the masses. The ability gives them the self confidence to understand for themselves and to know they can find information out about any thing that interests them. I think this helps individuals to think out of the box which leads to new discoveries and research.

I may be old fashion but I’m giving my grand kids the ability to learn and think out of the box. I have nothing against toys that entertain or video games but kids that don’t learn how to think will always let other think for them. Kids that always want to be entertained will live a boring life and be unproductive because you have to learn to entertain yourself too. Nurturing creativity and curiosity as well as inspiring imagination will help a child to be well rounded. That is why Giant Microbes is always at the top of my list of companies when recommending products that will empower knowledge.
Red Ants In Petri Dish
The petri dish is filled with 3 red ants. The ants are about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide. The ants can be removed from the petri` dish and be kept in it for safe storage as the dish itself is made from thick strong plastic.
Red Ants In Petri Dish
They are cute and fun to hold and observe. They would be a fun gift for an adult who feels fire ants are his evil nemesis or a child who is fascinated with them.
Either way the recipient who receives them may just find along with knowledge they gain tolerance as well through a deeper understanding in the role they play in the environment.

Have you been following along with my other posts about ants? If you missed some then you can find them here:
Large Black Ant
Large Red Ant

Artist | Freelance Writer 

Grace Hodgin is a clay sculptor with art displayed in the U.S. and Europe. When Grace is not sculpting, she is writing articles on grand-parenting and raising creative children. Grand-parenting is an important role in the eyes of Grace and encourages grandparents to remain active in the lives of their grandchildren by inspiring their imagination and nurturing creativity. She loves living in her 2 room cottage nestled near the Ocala National Forest watching her husband throw pottery in the company of their rescue cat, Oliver Twist, Senegal Parrot, Nhee Ghee, and their African Side Neck Turtle, Atlas.


12 comments for “GIANTmicrobes Red Ants In A Petri Dish

  1. Liz
    April 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Those are actually very cute! And I agree, much better than dealing with the actual creatures. 🙂

  2. April 29, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Oh they are just great. I’m sure if one wanted one could pound on them, taking out red ant frustration as well.

  3. April 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Those are pretty cool. I could see my kid shaving a blast.

  4. April 29, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I live in Texas – Red Ants are very common here, as well as in Oklahoma where I grew up. Yours are much cuter than the live ones creeping around in our garden though!

  5. April 29, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    I love all these different ants that you have been showing us. These ants are actually cute (I detest the live version though).

  6. Jenna Wood
    April 29, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    These are so cute, and so much more friendly than the real thing! I have a few Giant Microbes plush and I love them!

  7. April 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I love companies that make products that are not only fun but are educational for both adults AND kids! Knowledge is power after all 🙂

    These little guys are definitely a lot more fun and cute then their real life counterparts!

  8. April 29, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I love the imaginative play toys you always feature, Grace!

  9. April 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Oh, my daughter would love these – and these are so cute super cute

  10. April 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Now those ants are cute. The real ones not so much.

  11. April 29, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve been noticing fire ants everywhere lately. I have only viewed them as a nuisance before, but it is interesting to learn more about their colonies.

  12. April 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    What a cute toy. I love toys that incorporate ways for kids to learn more about nature.

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