Magnifying glass                          

Exploring the soil is a great way for children to learn how  to care for Papatūānuku.

Activities to do with Soil            

Activity 1

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

Activity 2

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.

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