With this activity, children can see day by day that living things grow.
• 3 or 4 dried beans
• Paper towels
• Glass jar with lid
Most plants grow very slowly. Here are some plants that grow rather quickly, so your child can see changes in a few days or a week.
- Soak the dried beans overnight in some water. This will make the beans grow faster.
- Line a jar with damp paper towels.
- Place 3 or 4 dried beans between the towels and the jar so you can see them through the sides of the glass.
- Keep the paper towels damp by adding a little bit of water to the bottom of the jar each day, as needed.
- Check the seeds from time to time for signs of growth.
- Within a week, the beans should sprout and start to grow. Eventually, leaves will begin to grow on the stem. Your child could make a chart to graph the height of the stem.
- If it’s spring or summer, your child could plant the sprouts outdoors when the plants are about 2 inches tall. Your child can watch for changes that take place outdoors—more leaves, blossoms, and tiny beans. If the beans grow large enough, your child can open one and look at the new bean seeds inside.