This month we are studying all things Garden in our Growing Gardens Mother Goose Time monthly theme. We’ve learned a lot about soil and have had our hands in LOTS of it!
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Here are 5 FUN child activities to keep your children busy (and learning) in the dirt!
Ideas provided by Mother Goose Time
1. Dirt Writing
How does soil feel? Encourage your children to feel the soil! Invite them to explore writing in a pan/tray of dirt. For younger children, have them trace over letters or wipe away dirt with a paint brush.
2. Scooping Soil
Where could you find dirt in your home? Have your children explore various containers and tubs of soil. Encourage them to put containers in order from smallest to largest. Check estimations by scooping soil in one container, then dumping it in the next size up to confirm that the soil fits.
3. Watching It Grow (Plant something!)
What type of food do plants eat? Set out spray bottles and encourage your children to experiment by adding water to soil. When ready to move on, have each child fill his container with soil, then plant grass seeds in it. Encourage your children to water the seeds and place their containers in sunlight. Explain that plants eat nutrients stored in the soil. When nutrients mix with water, they dissolve and the plants use them as fuel to grow.
- Predict & Observe: Have the children predict what they think will happen when they plant the seeds in the soil. Observe your containers over the coming weeks and have them draw what they see happening.
4. Soil/Dirt Sensory Bin
Bury Various items in a bucket of dirt (rubber worms, rocks, leaves, twigs, pinecones, etc.) Let the children dig through the soil with their hands or shovels to discover the treasures. (I also let my children spray water into their bins. It’s great for working my 2 year old’s little hands, and they all love to do this!) In addition to shovels, I also gave each child a paintbrush (to ‘brush’ off their findings. This eventually led to them painting the concrete with water. Hey, if it’s fun and safe, go for it!
5. Comparing Soil
You will need soil, sand, and containers for this. Have your children explore the smell, texture, and look of the soil and sand. Have them compare the two and discuss how they are the same or different. Let them scoop the sand and soil into the containers as they compare and explore them. Explore what happens when they get wet. (My children LOVE their spray bottles for this!)
BONUS! Soil Dessert
Okay, this technically wasn’t part of our ‘lesson plan’, nor is it REAL soil! But I absolutely adored including this in with our teaching due to it’s absolute perfect fit! For specifics, you can find it here!