There is a entry way in my house that is covered in small lines documenting the growth of my children. My kids love going back to it month after month to see how much they’ve grown. It’s important to teach our kids that growth is a part of all living things, not just humans.
Growing seeds in a plastic bag is a fun way for kids to see how seeds grow. Really? Seed germination in a paper towel? The best part of this STEM activity is showing that these seeds don’t need soil or a hole in the ground to grow. Your little gardeners can watch how seeds sprout with a clear view from the plastic bag. There is a lot to learn in this experiment, yet it is so simple to do!
Learning About Seeds And Growth:
bean germination experiment
ASKING STUDENTS TO OBSERVE AND IDENTIFY GROWTH TEACHES LIFECYCLES AND BASIC NEEDS. STUDENTS CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE:
- What does our seed need to grow?
- What do you think would happen if we put the bag in a room with no light?
- How are our bodies similar to the seeds?
- What do the roots of the plant do?
- How long does it take for beans to germinate?
- How fast or slow did your beans grow (germination rate)?
This experiment is a great way to show kids how flowers and some of our fruits and vegetables can grow.
No messy soil or holes need to be dug. No flower pots spilling on the floor. Your kiddos hands will stay clean (relatively anyway) and the growing can take place inside a classroom or even a kitchen.
The seed in a bag activity can be used during a unit on plants or introducing lifecycles.
In addition to learning about growth here are some more ideas for what you can teach about using the germinating seeds in a paper towel experiment:
- Observing similarities and differences
- Predicting what might happen
- Identifying uses of a plant
- Documenting (drawing or writing) growth
Why Is It Important For Kids To Conduct Experiments?
Besides the fact that kids love exploring, there are so many other reasons you should do experiments with your child.
Conducting experiments with your kids help them to become more observant about the world around them. It also encourages higher order thinking and asking questions. Have your child tell you about their germinated bean seed.
Problem solving is a task that children will use everyday. In experiments, students problem solve by brainstorming and trying different things.
Why did my plant not grow? Maybe I added too much water. Let’s try again!
Tools you’ll need
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I did this today with my daycare kids. They loved this more than Play doh. I was amazed. With it being too cold to go outside, this was great.
Honestly they played for 1.5 hours and probably would of longer, but we had to get lunch ready. Thank you so much for this.
How To Create The Germination Seed Bag
How To Grow Seeds In A Plastic Bag In Preschool
- Before starting the experiment, soak your bean seeds overnight in water. This will sort of “wake up” the seeds and get them ready to germinate. You’ll get faster results if you pre-soak your bean seeds this way. Drain the seeds before placing them in the bag.
- Dampen a paper towel and fold it into the bag.
- Place the seeds along one side of the bag, pressing them against the paper towel. Seal the bag tightly, and hang in a window using tape.
- Make sure the beans are visible on the side of the window where the kids will be observing their seeds sprout.
- Wait 24 hours. You should be able to see the seeds start to pop open and sprout after this time.
- Within 3 days to a week, you’ll have fully sprouted seeds! In a few more days, you’ll see the leaves start to emerge.
- At this point, your beans are ready to move to soil. Plant them in a rainboot garden, or another small planter and watch them continue to grow!
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Or use this great growing window from Learning Resources:
EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS Sprout & Grow Window
Our Favorite Garden Books for Kids:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
From Seed to PlantLola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads)Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book (Kids Yoga Stories)I Can Grow a Flower (Life Cycle Board Books)Garden Wigglers: Earthworms in Your Backyard (Backyard Bugs)Worm Weather (Penguin Core Concepts)A Seed Is Sleepy: (Nature Books for Kids, Environmental Science for Kids)
Take pictures of your child’s bean through each stage of growth. Print and laminate the pictures and have your child put them in the correct growth sequence.
Create a Book
Use pictures taken from the beans growth to create a book. Let your child decide if the story will be fictional or nonfiction.
Take the remainder of the beans and use them for a name activity. Have your child glue the beans onto each letter of their written name.
Use different types of beans and seeds in your sensory bin. You can include shovels, plastic pots, fake flowers and pretend vegetables.
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