1. Go on a nature hike and identify non-living things, living things and signs of life (ex: dirt, ants and an ant hill or water, leaves and broken twig, etc.)
  2. Get a bag of topsoil and bury items in it
  3. Find rocks ¦ paint rocks
  4. Do a soil analysis.   Find out how much sand, pebbles, clay, silt and soil is in your “dirt”.
  5. Bury food for a week in your yard.   Dig it up and see what happened to it
  6. Make garden stones out of plaster/concrete
  7. Sculpt a cup or box out of clay
  8. Make dirt pudding.   Have fun burying candy bugs into the dirt.
  9. Draw a design on paper with glue then pour sand over it
  10. Pick-up garbage in a park, along a quiet street or on a trail
  11. Make a terrarium (mini-world in a bottle).   See: http://colchu.com/2009/03/03/little-other-worlds/ for inspiration.
I discovered a terrific site that details more in-depth “dirt” activities.   This site would be great for the older elementary to high school student.

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