Alea saw this fun little experiment on Sesame Street a couple of weeks ago and I pinky promised her that we would make it happen. She looked at me a little silly when I came home with “different colored beans” and used a mason jar instead of a plastic baggie and cotton balls instead of a paper towel, but she was all kinds of excited that we were really going to give this bean sprouting activity a go!
And so was I!
I mean, don’t we all remember doing this at one time or another during elementary school? I remember using a plastic baggie, little white beans and one of those brown paper towels and being absolutely amazed as the bean started sprouting little roots like spider webs all over the paper towel. Creating something beautiful out of a little bean is truly incredible– especially for the littles!
1. 2-3 beans (of any variety)
2. 4 cotton balls
3. 1 mason jar
1. First, put your 4 cotton balls in the bottom of your mason jar.
2. Next, add your two beans to the cotton balls at the bottom of your mason jar.
3. Pour a little bit of water– just enough to saturate the cotton balls– into your mason jar.
4. Continue to check on your bean sprouts to see if the cotton balls need water. You want them to be moist, but don’t want there to be standing water in the jar.
And of course, the hardest part is waiting for the bean to sprout. This took about a week and a half for us before we saw any action. I kept our mason jar on the window sill in the kitchen where we get lots of daytime sunlight and late afternoon sunlight. (I love how bright this whole house is!) After the bean started splitting and sprouting roots, it really took off, though! Before we knew it it was growing out of the top of the jar!
Hearing Alea’s oohs and ahhs made this little project so much fun. And it made all the waiting completely worth it!
Have you ever done this little experiment with your littles?