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.
- Make a prediction. What will happen overnight?
- Let sit overnight.
- Check where your mark is.
Why are the beans on a different mark?
Dry foods such as dried beans soak up water.
Learn how to cook beans and use
them in a recipe now.
You can grow your own bean sprouts. This experiment is great to eat
as well as fun for kids to watch.
Make your own Bean Sprouts:
If your kids dont like cooked beans try sprouting your own beans.
They come out with a much different taste and you may find a new way
to get your kids to snack on something healthy. Lentils, adzuki,
mung, garbanzo are all good ones to try. Beans need to be fresh and
not canned and not already cooked. They should be hard and fresh
when starting the sprouting process.
How to Sprout Beans:
- Rinse beans in strainer.
- Add beans to a glass jar and pour cool water in the jar. The
water level should be several inches above the beans. Secure a
lid with a mesh top or cheesecloth. Let sit overnight.
- Drain beans and rinse several times. Make sure you shake all
the excess water out.
- Place on your kitchen counter or somewhere away from direct
sunlight. It doesn't have to be dark but it needs to be open to
- Every night and morning for several days continue rinsing with
cool water and shaking all excess water out. This is an
important step. Rinse several times and make sure all water is
out to allow beans to sprout.
- When they have sprouted for 2-3 days they are ready to eat.
Always make sure your sprouts are completely dried out and store
in fridge when you are done sprouting.
Grow a Bean Plant
It is simple to grow your own bean plant. You can plant a seed in a
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.
Food Science Experiment Pages: ~ Apple
into a bottle,
~ Homemade ice cream in a can or bag,
is chocolate made?,
yeast and baking homemade bread,
~ Sourdough bread starter recipe,
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