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Wild Science Ant-O-Sphere 8-Pods


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  • The ultimate ant habitat of the future lets you see all the inner workings of an ant colony
  • Connect and customize your colony to make anti-gravity ant worlds in your own home
  • Grow pod gardens and hatch baby ants
  • Link your spheres together and see what purpose your ants put to them
  • Contains 8 pods, 3 bases and 18 supports
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Product Description

Let your child discover the science of ants and other critters in a unique way with the Wild! Science Ant-O-Sphere 8-Pods. This system mimics the actual layouts of leaf cutter ant homes, letting children see the inner workings of their ant colonies in the comfort of home. Included are all the pods, supports, and tubing children need to connect and customize an ant colony, letting kids build gardens, ponds, and places to hatch baby ants. For clues on how to fill your pods, as well as what to feed the ants, a colorful instruction booklet offers plenty of ideas.

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Let your child discover the science of ants and other critters in a unique way with the Wild! Science Ant-O-Sphere 8-Pods. This system mimics the actual layouts of leaf cutter ant homes, letting children see the inner workings of their ant colonies in the comfort of home. Included are all the pods, supports, and tubing children need to connect and customize an ant colony, letting kids build gardens, ponds, and places to hatch baby ants. For clues on how to fill your pods, as well as what to feed the ants, a colorful instruction booklet offers plenty of ideas.

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Ages: 6+
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Lets children explore the world of ants and other critters in a fun, easy way! View larger.
Create a Custom Home for an Ant Colony
With its multiple pods and support system, the Ant-O-Sphere lets your child explore the world of ants and other critters, such as earth worms, in a safe and easy way. By cutting the included red tubing, you and your child can create winding walkways or quick thruways between each of the eight pods.

Four suction cups allow users to stick one of the pods to a mirror or window, providing the option for a "sky pod." More cases can be attached for larger sky colonies--but take care not to leave your ants in direct sunlight.

Unique Pod Design and Color System
The Ant-O-Sphere uses a system of clear and red-colored pods to simulate an "above" and "underground" sensation for the ants, who relate red light to darkness. You can see them--but they won't be able to see you. For every pod, the upper half contains necessary ventilation holes, as well as a three-wall design that allows the ants to crawl suspended above the bottom half's contents.

Magnifying lenses point at each corner so you can get a close-up look at how the pod's occupants are doing. The walls mimic real underground ant chambers, making it easier for your little friends to enjoy their new home.

Experiment with Different Critters and Environments
Along with its included bag of play-sand, the Ant-O-Sphere offers numerous ways for users to create new environments for their ants. The colorfully illustrated instruction booklet provides over half a dozen ideas on new housing methods, depending on what type of animal you're caring for. Remember to take great consideration before changing the pod contents--what works for red ants might not work for earth worms.

What's in the Box
Wild! Science Ant-O-Sphere with pipette, tube, play-sand, cotton wool, 8 molded pods, legs, baseplates, tweezers, O rings and plugs, suckers, feed containers, and an instruction booklet.



Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4.5 x 16 inches ; 4.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B002L66FMS
  • Item model number: WS1041
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 6 - 10 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,017 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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3.4 out of 5 stars

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Smith on January 5, 2011
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I saw this item in Wired Magazine's holiday gift guide of "100 Best Gifts for Geeks." It brought back memories from my own childhood having an ant farm. with it, the colony's disastrous and premature end when a family member accidentally knocked it over. Such advancements in ant-farm toy technology renewed my excitement, but it was too late to add to my own list so I ordered it for myself and it arrived the first shipping day after Christmas. The instructions are clearly intended for children and no adult-version, so the directions give some suggestions and ideas but left quite a bit open--not a bad thing, and I *will* say they do far more to inspire curiosity and encourage creativity than my old ant farm did.

There were a few things I have even already learned myself, however a few of them would have been nice to know when *assembling* the pods. Most of it has to do with how the ants behave and adapt to the pods, not so much the fault of the Wild Science Ant-O-Sphere kit... however it would have still been nice of them to include in the "TIPS" section.

Being winter in Wisconsin, ants are also in rare supply so I actually bought ants online. Western Harvester ants are actually quite cheap and easy to order online, as they are food for the horned lizard, and ordered 50 ants for $6.95 (shipped) from antsalive.com. (Make sure you read my notes at the bottom if you decide to go this route). They have had been in the ant-o-spheres for about three days, at this moment. I'll update if anything else comes up.

First of all, it seems that harvester ants are not great climbers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter T. Szymonik on September 19, 2011
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Forget what you know what about old school ant farms, this one is pretty cool! The kit comes complete with everything you or your child needs to create a futuristic ant farm, except for the ants, which are easy to order (someone else offered the link I used and bought from - $5.00) The kit is pretty high quality and well designed. It was very easy to setup, even if the instructions are not perfectly clear. My one recommendation is to use a little clay or glue to make the pod legs more stable, but this is optional and everything snaps together nicely. Put on a wooden base, the farm is easy enough to move as a unit if needed. My sons really like checking on the ants!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By McKrelez on December 25, 2013
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I love the Ant-O-Spheres, and will probably use them for a long time. It's true that some of the parts are weak [sauce], but properly set it up and it will be an amazing, awesome habitat. With that said, let me give you a few pointers... The ants you pretty much have to use are Harvester ants, they don't need a queen (which is illegal to ship), and they live for a pretty long time (about a year). The pods happen to be a little to slick and steep for them though, and if each pod isn't filled over half-way, some are going to die quickly because they won't be able to get around. The included sand and other mixtures are under half what you really need to fill each ball completely, which is a little complicated because it wasn't designed to have them filled completely... if you only fill them to half way (which does require adding your own mediums as well, like sand, dirt, etc.), they tend to move surface dirt around, making a few less than half-way, creating future problems for themselves. It is also very difficult to put the ants in the pods, as the tubes they are shipped in are designed to be dropped in a rectangular ant farm. I actually hand to stomp about 20 ants out of 60 (two tubes), because I had so much difficulty. They also barely provide enough tubing and stoppers to seal the set completely. I actually have to leave all the attachable jars connected to the device, because I'm out of tube and stoppers. For what it's worth, it can be very cool, but be ready to deal with these issues because if you don't, you will not be successful, period.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By itsubob on January 29, 2012
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We read the reviews and thought this would be cool. It was at first, but we had a hard time with the ants adapting to the pods. We made several attempts, re-reading the directions, changing the food, configuration, etc...but ultimately, the ants mostly stayed in one pod, and if they did make it to another pod, they usually could not climb the sides of the pods, despite the fact that I put sticks, dirt, etc for them to climb on to get out of the pod. We gave up on our fourth batch of ants. I boxed it up and will likely donate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buckeye Drew on June 10, 2014
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Very poorly made the part you connect the tubes to broke after 2 weeks of the ants being in the exhibit and it's not sturdy at all i got string a root holding it because it's poorly designed and made. Do not buy this for anyone under 16 I personally wouldn't get it at all and wish I didn't get it . Look up ants Canada little expensive but works great and it's actually reusable this thing breaks down like they didn't know you was going to put ants into it.
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By heiden on September 28, 2012
It is a fun and exciting design, but flimsy. After it has been set up for a while and you try to pull off the tubes to add more soil etc., the pieces all break off where the tubes hook on, leaving no way to fix it. After a few weeks, it ended up in the garbage. Also, most of the ants died because the tubing is too slippery for them to climb up, leaving them unable to get to their food and water. All it needs is more textured tubing and a sturdier design, and it would be a fantastic product. I have also purchased the biosphere which has compartments for fish amongst the ant tubing and sphere. Same problem. We still use the rest of it, but the ant part became broken and the ants had an even steeper climb and couldn't make it to food or water. When we tried to put food and water in the sphere, the ends broke off. For the price, we deserve better.
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