Because Hey, Little Ant ends with the question, “What do you think that kid should do?,” the story naturally leads to discussion. Children want to talk about the fate of Ant.

Explore the common Themes & Connections to your right to see how Educators and children have explored to squish or not to squish.

How do you use Hey, Little Ant in your classroom or organization?

Leave us a comment below and we will post your ideas and resources to this page!


Educator’s Guide by Tricycle Press

Character Counts Lesson by Westwood-Bales Educators
(Respect, Tolerance)

Multiple Lesson Plans by Teachers Pay Teachers

Hey, Little Ant on
(For members only)

Philosophical Discussion by Teaching Children Philosophy

Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for the CCSS by Stanford University

To Squish or Not to Squish by Corner on Character

Pinterest Board of Ideas by Emily Sigourney, 1st Grade Teacher

Lesson Plan by SUNY Cortland Education Students
(Prediction, Respect, Differences)

Ants Have Feelings, Too! by Learning to Give

Sticks & Stones by Teach Peace Now
(Bullying, Respect)

Opinion Writing by Dots – n – Spots

Intro to Insect Unit by The First Grade Parade

Persuasive Writing by Fun 2B First

To Squish or Not: Everyday Decisions That Make a Difference Waste Reduction Lesson Plan By Kristin Simon, Solid Waste Planner East Central Iowa Council of Governments


The Department of Teacher Education at Salisbury University has been a wonderful friend to Hey, Little Ant.  Professors, Dr. Patty Dean and Dr. Ernie Bond have introduced the book to many new generations of educators.  In 2009, Phillip Hoose presented the original cover art donated by illustrator Debbie Tilley to Salisbury University in appreciation for their work educating educators.  See a brief video of that presentation. 


  1. Arlene, sadly, the CD’s are no longer. My apologies!

  2. At Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, we offer a weekday Words & Wings Storytime in the winter for young children and their families. This story has become one of our favourites, and we include it with the theme/topic of “walking gently” and respecting all life around us, even the small lives. We do a small activity where they walk around the room strewn with plastic bugs and practice stepping over them when they encounter one. The book usually leads to a bit of fun discussion and leaves the parents with something to think about and follow up with their children afterwards at home.

    • We love this idea and are stepping softly today in response!


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