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.
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!