What's in Dirt?
Turn your child's love of dirt into a science activity that will have you both observing and comparing.
bucket shovel newspaper strainer small pitcher or measuring cup plastic containers coffee filters magnifier (optional)
What to do:
- Take a walk outside and invite your child to place several shovelfuls of dirt from a garden or your yard into a bucket.
- Back in the kitchen or in a utility sink, spread some of the dirt onto a newspaper. Examine it together and talk about what you see. Use a magnifying glass, if you have one, to take a closer look.
- Have your child place a small spoonful into a strainer. Help him pour water over the dirt in the strainer so it goes through into a plastic container.
- Examine what is left in the strainer and dump it out onto a piece of newspaper for examination.
- Try the same process again with a coffee filter. Look at what is left behind and what goes into the plastic container.
- Compare the results of using the strainer and the coffee filter.
Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.
- What happened when you poured water over the dirt? What did you find in the dirt that surprised you?
- How do you like to play in the dirt?
While you are having fun together, your child is developing observational skills and an understanding of cause and effect.