Science Projects for Kids: Soil Experiments


Down and Dirty
Down and Dirty is a science project that uses limewater to distinguish soil.
Down and Dirty is a science project that uses limewater to distinguish soil.
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Down and Dirty is a science project that teaches kids about all the creatures that live in the dirt. Soil contains microscopic animals that breathe.

What You'll Need:

  • Garden soil
  • Jar with a lid
  • Limewater (available at a drugstore)
  • Small container

How to conduct the Down and Dirty experiment:Step 1: Drop a large handful of garden soil into the bottom of a big, empty jar. Pour some lime-water into a small container. Note what the lime-water looks like.

Step 2: Set the container of lime-water, uncovered, inside the large jar so it rests on top of the soil. Tightly screw on the lid of the large jar, and leave it undisturbed.

Step 3: In 2 or 3 days, look at the lime-water to see if it has changed in any way.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT DESIGNERS:

Lowdown on Dirt by Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls

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