I've noticed a few toddlers stepping on ants in the yard. Or covering them with dirt. I've talked to them about ants and tried to nurture an interest. One of the ideas I had in the classroom was to set up a spring Nature Table.
We'll see what happens.
Some other ideas I have are:
*to make a spiders web with wool outside in a corner
*catch some ants in a container and observe them for a week
*books in the book shelf
*observing where ants go outside, cultivating an interest by being interested
*insects at the play-do table