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Salt, Soil and Seeds

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Salt, Soil and Seeds

Discover how the salt in soil affects plant growth with a few seeds, some cotton, and salt. In this hands-on activity, you will plant seeds in 2 different kinds of soil, containing more or less salt. This activity takes about one week.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 2 plastic or paper cups
  • Cotton wool (cotton balls)
  • 10 wheat seeds (or bean seeds)
  • Salt
  • Clear plastic wrap (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Acids and Bases
      • Chemistry of Life

Informal Categories

  • Gardening


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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  • Free access


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  • TryScience


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