Who loves getting their hands dirty? When it comes to spring STEM activities, it’s a whole lot of fun to get right in the dirt and feel mud squish between your fingers. Did you know that playing in the dirt could teach kids so much?
Over 10 soil STEM activities and hands-on projects to teach about soil, gardening, erosion, rocks, sedimentation, and more!
Keep scrolling to find the list of soil STEM activities that you can click on for full directions and supply lists (many have worksheets, too!).
STEM Activities with Soil for Messy Hands-On Learning
These STEM activities with soil all use dirt and soil to learn about the world! Learn about rocks, sediment, types of soil, soil nutrients, erosion, and a whole lot more!
STEM Supplies for Soil STEM Activities
If you do any of the plant science activities on this list, you’ll want to check out these Amazon affiliate links for products that we love using with our STEM activities!
Don’t forget to pick up a set of our spring STEM challenge cards to use in your STEM centers this spring. Here’s how to set up a STEM center.
Spring STEM Lesson Plans
If you want ready-to-go, low-prep spring lesson plans, you’ll love these resources.
- March STEM Lesson Bundle
- April STEM Lesson Bundle
- May STEM Lesson Bundle
- Spring Science Experiments
- Spring STEM Challenge Cards with Instructions
A Complete List of Soil STEM Activities that Let Kids Play with Dirt!
There are so many fun ways to play and learn with soil and dirt. These are some of our favorite soil science projects and STEM activities that feature soil.
Get down and dirty when you make your own Egg Shell Garden Science Project.
This Seed Germination Experiment lets kids play with multiple types of dirt.
Build a Desert Biome and learn about plants that grow in different types of soil.
Have you ever wondered What is Soil Made of? Now this activity will help you find out!
Sediment jars are a super fun way to learn about how dirt and soil settles in layers.
A unique science activity is to make winogradsky columns which help teach scientists about soil.
This simple soil science tests the pH level of various soil types and helps kids identify properties of soil.
In the erosion science lab, kids can find out how soil erodes over time and how that changes landscapes and valleys.
When you get tired of real dirt, make edible soil that you can eat after you’re done with it.
What does grass need to grow? Find out in this simple science experiment.
Make LEGO Soil Layers and learn about soil without getting dirty.