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Creative Task

Try these experiments at home.  Take photos of you carrying out your experiment and of your results – or draw them!  Go online and find out about the science behind your experiment.  Try and use scientific words to explain what happened.

EXPERIMENT 2: What is soil made from?

You will need: -

  • A glass jar with a lid
  • Soil from your garden
  • Water


  • Fill your glass jar half full of soil – try and remove any living creatures (invertebrates such as worms and woodlice).
  • Fill the rest of the jar to the top with water.
  • Put on the lid and shake you jar.
  • Leave for 24 hours or longer.


  • What has happened?
  • What is in each layer and why?
  • Will all soils be the same?