Exploring the soil is a great way for children to learn how to care for Papatūānuku.
Activities to do with Soil
You can either fill some art trays with soil, or do this activity directly in the garden
- Provide children with magnifying glasses to inspect what is living in the soil
- Make a chart to record what they find. This might include worms, grubs, snails, slugs, insects, spiders, mites, centipedes
Soil science experiment
- Collect some soil from the garden
- Add a layer of pebbles to the bottom of a clear container or jar
- Put the soil on top of the pebbles (fill to about 3/4 of jar)
- Add some water to the jar or container and watch where the water goes. If the soil is sandy the water will slowly seep through onto the pebbles
- If it is heavy clay then it will pool on top of the soil
- Mix some compost with the soil and put into separate jars/containers on a layer of pebbles and watch what happens now as the water is poured in.