Discovery Time: Dirt

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In this activity, young learners (2 years and up) explore dirt and what is in it by painting with mud. Includes step by step instructions in the video and pdf, a "What's Going On" section with background information on dirt, book list and suggested resources for extension.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Dirt
  • Water
  • Paper
  • Paint brush, stick or popsicle stick
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Magnifying glass (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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