Take your child outside and examine the dirt in your
yard. Have her use her eyes, her fingers, her nose and a magnifying
glass. She should discover that dirt is made out of small pieces
of rock (sand) and decaying matter from plants and animals.
See if she can find two different kinds of dirt in your yard or
elsewhere. Have her compare the dirt looking for differences. Which
dirt would be best for growing plants? (Plants will grow in sand
but they will grow bigger and stronger in dirt with nutrients from
decaying plant and animal life.
Put some dirt in a jar with some water. Have your child
stir up the dirt and water and notice what happens. Have him set
the jar aside for a while and later observe what happens to the
dirt and the water. Why is most of the dirt on the bottom of the
Set up a safe place where your child can play in the dirt and have
access to water to make mud.
Supply spoons, pans and action figures for fun and adventure.
Have your child put some dirt in a plastic cup. Give
her some seeds to plant and discuss how come it is important to
water her plant and set it in the sun.
|Do a fun experiment with your child.
Have them plant seeds in two cups. Then have her set the cups in the
sun, but only water one of the plants. What happens?
|Another time, have her plant seeds
in two cups, water both cups but place one cup in the sun and the
other one in a dark place. What happens?
Your child should be able to discover some accurate conclusions as
to what things are necessary to grow healthy plants.
|Dirt with nutrients