These bean experiments are a hands on activity that works best with
preschool age groups- elementary age.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Younger kids like this because they can wash the beans and play in
the water. However, it is also a learning experiment for all ages as
they discover what happens to the beans overnight, then cook with
them and eat them in a recipe.
Add 2 cups or a bag of beans to a large bowl. Cover with water
several inches above the beans.
Mark the spot where the beans are on the outside of the bowl
with a piece of masking tape.
You can grow your own bean sprouts. This experiment is great to eat
as well as fun for kids to watch. We have directions on our bean
facts page on growing your own bean
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Grow a Bean Plant
It is simple to grow your own bean plant. You can plant a seed in a
cup of dirt
and watch for it to come up. However if you'd like kids to see the
root and the stem try this experiment. Fold a paper towel and place
in a glass jar. Add a few tablespoons of water. Add several beans in
the jar touching the paper towel. Watch for several days and add
water if your paper towel gets dry.
In several days you will see the root and the stem growing.