Let's Grow a Beanstalk!

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Beans are magical in many ways. In this activity, you and your child can watch them grow in a few days!

Activity Instructions

Place your cotton balls inside your clear jar.
Fill a cup with the right amount of water and ask your child if they would like to pour the water into the jar. You want the cotton to be wet, but not soggy!
Take you bean and wedge in between the glass and the wet cotton. When the bean is next to the glass, this will allow you and your child to see how the bean changes and grows!
Place your jar on a sunny window ledge.
Now wait, watch, and observe! It can take up to 1-3 days to see your bean begin to grow! And after one week, you may even see some leaves!
Use our hypothesis chart to make guesses on what your child predicts will happen to the bean! Take a look at our "I Wonder" questions below.
Then use our observation chart to track how your bean grows. Compare and contrast against your hypotheses!
To continue the fun, read or watch Jack and the Beanstalk together, then have fun imagining your own beanstalk world!

Supplies Needed

A clear jar
Cotton balls
A dry bean (We used a Lima bean, but any dry bean should work)
Water
A sunny window

I Wonder... 

I wonder statements are a great way to introduce concepts to children, stimulate their curiosity while modeling the pleasure of learning, and embrace ideas in a fun and unpressured way!

    I wonder how many days before we see the bean begin to grow?
    I wonder if the bean will open or close?
    I wonder if the bean will change colors?
    I wonder how tall the bean will become?
    I wonder if there will be leaves?
    I wonder if there will be flowers?

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