Thursday, April 14, 2011

Simple Science - Dirt!

Dirt.

I found this delightful book,
at the library and knew instantly the girls would love it. 
They did!

As soon as
 I said the "D" word 
their ears pricked up and they were all about the activity!

Dirt: The Scoop on Soil (Amazing Science)


The book is aimed at 4 to 8 year olds 
and the pictures are engaging enough to prompt questions from preschoolers. 
It received mixed reviews on Amazon.com,
 but I focused on the chapters that were relevant and thorough for my child. 



 A simple experiment perfect for 4 to 5 year olds. 
We did the experiment that focused on the various layers found in soil.

To do this experiment you will need:
Dirt (go figure!), water, transparent jar, 
something to stir with and simple instructions
(we used the one in the book).


Start by scooping the dirt into a jar. 
We used everyday potting soil from the Dollar Tree 
(leftovers from our Gardening Sensory Tub). 


Then add water:


Encourage your child to make a prediction 
as to what will happen when the water and soil is mixed together. 
Missy Mu-Mu predicted mud would be made.

Now stir, stir, stir!


Within minutes 
(which is perfect for young children) 
layers will begin to show in the jar:


This was the end result after 5 minutes of letting the mixture settle!

A fun and instantly gratifying 
experiment for young learners. 

Thanks for stopping by! x



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