Try this little experiment to help young children understand the idea that some trash decomposes (goes back to nature) while some does not. Explain that trash items that do not decompose pile up on Earth.
In about four weeks, dump the contents of each pot onto a newspaper. Let children wear plastic gloves and use a stick to investigate the soil. Ask Which things decomposed, or went back into the dirt? Which things did not? How can we reduce the amount of waste that fills up landfills?
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Sue LaBella, Education World's early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.
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