Exploring Earth: 10 Hands-On Activities

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

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.
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Different Types of Rocks

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

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.
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Plant Habitats: Dandelions

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.
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Find Out Why Leaves Change Color

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

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

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!
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Make a Fossil From Glue!

Some fossils have been been preserved for billions of years! Help your kid understand how fossils are created and preserved with this crafty project.
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Make a Volcano that Really Erupts!

Your child will be hooked on chemistry after she builds a model volcano by combining an acid and an alkaline substance.
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Clean Water Using the Sun!

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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