Water "Digs" It!

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In this activity, learners investigate soil erosion. Learners set up a simulation to observe how water can change the land and move nutrients from one place to another. After the activity, learners are encouraged to look around their local area for signs of soil erosion.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Model, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • Modeling clay
  • Wax paper
  • Flat baking pan
  • 12 sugar cubes
  • Food cooking (red, green or blue)
  • 2 1/2 cm thick book (1 inch)
  • Water


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
      • Oceans and Water
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Office of Community Activities, American Chemical Society


  • All rights reserved, American Chemical Society,