Growing Beans

Good morning scientists! We decide to be a little like Jack and the Beanstalk and try to grow different types of beans. Add a little bit of magic, and wonder to your little scientist’s world with the Growing Beans Investigation.


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Empty Jar (We used an old pickle jar)

15 Bean Soup Bag Or Any Dried Bean Variety (I wanted Lima Beans Included, as they historically grow the fastest)

Paper Towel Piece


Optional: Waterproof Paint-shirt


  1. Place a piece of paper towel into the empty jar.Growing Beans (6)
  2. Pour water onto the paper towel to wet it. Dump out any excess.Growing Beans (10)
  3. Add a variety of beans to the jar. Seal the jar and let sit in an area with plenty of light and free of kids and pets. Check the jar regularly with your little scientist. It may take anywhere from 3-7 days before you start to see beans sprouting.Growing Beans (18)

Talking Points

Plants produce seeds to reproduce. In our Growing Beans Investigation the bean seeds are the dried beans from the 15 variety bean soup bag. In order for a seed to sprout (produce shoots) it requires water and sunlight. Plants produce food using a process called photosynthesis. Photosynthesis uses nutrients from the soil, water, carbon dioxide, and sunlight. Our Bean sprouts by using photosynthesis as well, but instead of getting nutrients from the soil the seed itself is filled with nutrients to help the plant get a jump-start on life.


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