Daycare Science: Beans

Spring has sprung and it’s a perfect time of the year to introduce our little ones to all the wonder and science that Mother Nature has to offer.

I’ll be planting a vegetable garden with my own kids soon, but first I wanted to show them what really happens ‘behind the scenes’ when we plant seeds.

I bought some kidney beans and soaked them in water over night. The beans will still grow without this step but this helps to give them a boost.

The next day, we placed them into a clear bag with a wet paper towel and hung them in the window.

It didn’t take long before they started to change….

By the second day, little roots were already forming.

By day 5 the developing root system was very visible.

In less than 2 weeks, the beans transformed into a plant.

Day 13

This is a really simple, hands-on way to introduce some basic science to children. Through discussions of our observations, they will learn new vocabulary and a deeper understanding of how plants grow with just a little water and sunlight!

Happy planting!


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Posted on May 14, 2012, in Child Care, daycare, Science. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great idea using the bag, I have only ever used a clear plastic cup 😉

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