Summer is almost here, and that means picnics! When you think of picnics, what comes to mind? It might be fried chicken, sweet tea, or potato salad. You might think of your mom, siblings, or other family members at a park. Maybe you think of Frisbees, Nerf balls, or a blanket to sit on.

But you and your family aren’t the only ones at the picnic! You might see

Writing Prompt: You aren't the only one who shows up at a picnic! What is it like for the ants? Enjoy this prompt from an ant's eye view. Suitable for 5th-12th grade.

an ant or two. They simply adore a picnic!

What does an ant think of? To give you a hint, let’s look at what the Bible has to say about ants:

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. (Proverbs 6:6-8)


You and I think of summer as a time to take a break from school, to have fun in the sun, and to play! Not the ant! What is the ant doing at the picnic?

Now it’s your turn: Visit your picnic as an ant. Set the scene for us by describing what the ant will see when he’s at the picnic. Did he plan to come? Did he come alone? Did you invite him? Write your story from the ant’s perspective.

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Prompt by Gina Glenn. Copyright © 2017 by Sharon Watson