SAND & SOIL
Find out what happens when you mix sand and soil with water.
- Bag of top soil (not potting soil)
- Bag of play sand
- Disposable plastic dinner plates
- Craft sticks and/or plastic forks
- Small containers of water
- Eyedroppers (or small containers)
- Playing with dry sand & soil
Give a plate of sand and a plate of soil (small amount) to your kids. Have them look, smell, and touch as they compare. Ask:
Together with your kids, do the following things with the dry sand and soil, then talk about the different results.
- What things can you see in the soil? What things can you see in the sand?
- What does the soil feel like? What does it smell like? How about the sand? Do you think you could tell the difference with your eyes closed?
- What happens when you squeeze the soil in your fist? Does it stay together? How about the sand? What could you add to sand to make it hold together better?
- Make tracks with fingers, stick, and fork
- Make a hill
- Dig a hole
- Playing with wet sand & soil
Have your kids add drops of water to their plates of sand and their plates of dirt. Ask:
After kids have had a chance to build, have them add a little more water to the soil and the sand. What happens to their mud pie and their sand structure?
- What do you notice?
- How does adding water change the look and feel of the soil?
- How does adding water change the look and feel of the sand?
- Try to make a mud pie with the soil. Do you need more water?
- Build something with the sand. Do you need more water?
Age Range: 3-5
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- Problem Solving
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- The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz
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