Grow a Magic Beanstalk

This next activity brings science and reading together in a really fun way.  Growing a magic beanstalk is a really easy science activity, and it pairs perfectly with the book Jack & The Beanstalk.
Experiment for Kids- grow a bean in a jar

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This experiment is so magical and fun, and it is super easy to set up!  You may want to read the story Jack & the Beanstalk before setting up the experiment.  We read it a few times during the time that our bean was growing.  If you do not have a copy you can get one through my Amazon affiliate link here.

Materials Needed for this Experiment
Method
  • Wet several cotton balls and place them in a jar.  You want the cotton balls to be wet but not too saturated.  Then wedge a bean between the cotton balls and up against the jar so that your child can easily observe the magic bean growing
Grow a MAGIC Beanstalk- a fun science experiment for kids that connects to the cherished fairytale

  • Have your child predict what will happen to the bean, and then observe the jar over the next several days.  Add a few drops of water to the cotton balls as needed. 
  • The bean will begin to change fairly quickly.  Our beanstalk was beginning to form after just one day
Grow a MAGIC Beanstalk- a fun science experiment for kids that connects to the cherished fairytale

This is what our bean looked like after a few days 
Grow a MAGIC Beanstalk- a fun science experiment for kids that connects to the cherished fairytale
And after just one week
Grow a MAGIC Beanstalk- a fun science experiment for kids that connects to the cherished fairytale

Grow a MAGIC Beanstalk- a fun science experiment for kids that connects to the cherished fairytale

My girls loved checking on the beanstalk throughout the week, and they loved watching it grow! 

Grow a MAGIC Beanstalk- a fun science experiment for kids that connects to the cherished fairytale

As we grew our magic beanstalk we discussed seeds/beanshow plants grow, and what plants need to thrive.  I asked Rosie and Jewel questions along the way like:
  • Do you think our bean would grow if it didn't have water?
  • Do you think the bean would grow if we put the jar in a closet away from sunlight?
  • How do you think the bean is taking in the water from the cotton balls?
I loved hearing their answers and watching their minds come to understand the science behind plants.  We also loved tying the story of Jack & the Beanstalk into our experiment.  It was really fun to read about Jack and his magic beanstalk while growing our own "magic stalk"!



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