Exploring Earth: 10 Hands-On Activities

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Help kids get to better know the planet Earth as they observe, recreate, and explore what goes on in the natural world.

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Plant an Insectivorous Terrarium

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Boys might wrinkle their noses at the thought of gardening, but we guarantee they'll like this activity! Make a recycled terrarium full of bug-eating plants.

Different Types of Rocks

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The rock cycle will come alive for your child when he uses broken crayons to create the three basic rock types.

Inspect Animal Tracks

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The next time you and your fifth grader go on a hike, take along this key to figure out which common North American animal left a track along the river bank.

Plant Habitats: Dandelions

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In this plant habitats activity, children play the role of an ecologist and take surveys of different areas to discover the best habitat for dandelions.

Find Out Why Leaves Change Color

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With this hands-on activity, you'll show how fall colors are hidden in the leaf all year long!

Go on a Backyard Botany Hunt

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Here's a fun activity that will have your child researching, collecting, and charting plant specimens from the neighborhood.

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Sunset Calendar

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Many ancient cultures used the rising or setting sun to create calendars. Observe the setting sun once a week to come up with your own solar calendar!

Make a Fossil From Glue!

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Some fossils have been been preserved for billions of years! Help your kid understand how fossils are created and preserved with this crafty project.

Make a Volcano that Really Erupts!

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Your child will be hooked on chemistry after she builds a model volcano by combining an acid and an alkaline substance.

Clean Water Using the Sun!

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Can you think of a way of cleaning dirty water using the sun? In this activity, you will be making a "solar still" that is able to do just that!

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