EDIN10053 Educational Insights

Now You See It, Now You Dont See-Through Compost - 5 - 9 Years

  • Now You See It, Now You Dont See-Through Compost.
  • Three separate, aerated compartments enable kids to view the entire decomposition process clearly and make side-by-side comparisons between different materials.
  • Teaching Compost. Teaching Material.

Product Description

  • Included thermometers demonstrate temperature changes during decomposition process
  • Includes 12"W x 4"D x 8"H clear plastic box with faux grass top, 3 clear-view compartments with aeration holes and magnification spots, and thermometers
  • Teaches decomposition, composting, life cycles, and environmental education
  • Teacher's guide with usage ideas, time lines, and science fair applications
  • Contents: • Compost container divided into 3 sections • Lid • 3 thermometers The Now You See It, Now You Don’t See-Through Compost Container is designed to allow students to actually see the process of decomposition.


1. In addition to the contents provided, you will need some soil. 2. Select three items that you would like to see decompose. See suggestions on page 3 for what to put in your compost container. 3. Put an item, for example a banana peel, in one of the container sections. Press the peel against the front of the container and then pour soil behind it. The soil should entirely fill the section and support the peel so that it stays pressed against the window. 4. Repeat step 3 with two additional items in the other two sections. 5. Water all three sections so that the soil and items are moist but not drowning. 6. Place the lid on top. 7. If you plan to measure the temperature as each item is decomposing, then insert the thermometers in the holes in the top. Record the daily temperature. The included thermometer is in Celsius. The Celsius scale is part of the metric system and is the system of choice for scientists in the United States and around the world. 8. Watch what happens to the items over the next couple of months. Record daily observations. Photograph the container every few days so that you have a photographic, step-by-step record of the decomposition process. If possible, use a video camera to record a few seconds each day; at the end, you’ll have a time-lapse video of the entire process! 9. As the soil dries out, add water to keep it moist.


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What’s Happening Inside Your Compost Container? Tiny microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa eat the organic waste in the container. As they break down the materials, they produce heat. Different types of bacteria and fungi are more prevalent at different times, depending on factors such as the current temperature, pH, oxygen level, amount of water, and type of food available. Many children think of bacteria and mold as bad. Explain to students that these types of organisms are beneficial to us all because they clean up the earth’s ‘trash’ by literally recycling organic material and turning it back into rich soil from which new living things can grow. Suggested Items to Put in Your Compost Container aluminum foil, apple, apple core, baby tooth, banana peel, bread, flowers, clean egg shells, grass clippings, hair, leaf, metal nail, newspaper, nuts, orange peel, peach pit, paper, plastic toy, potato, Styrofoam® cup, tea bag, wood To avoid odors and rodents, meat and dairy products are not recommended.

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Age Range

5 years - 9 years



£2.49 credit back reward with this item.

Expected Despatch By 01/11/2016
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