Does Soil Contain Water?
For kindergarten “concrete” thinkers, water is water, and soil is soil. But then there’s the important scientific principle that plants must be watered, and the water must stay somewhere! Here’s a kindergarten experiment that uses coffee cans, dirt, and sand to explore the question of whether soil and sand “contain” water. This activity helps kids observe and hypothesize. As a bonus, it ties into common kindergarten curriculum on the water cycle.
What You Need:
- 3 Coffee cans
- Regular moist dirt from a garden
- Dry sand from a sandbox (collected at the same time as the dirt, under similar conditions)
- Black construction paper
- Sunny Window or top of a warm radiator