Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Our Montessori Spring: growing beans

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm so happy to announce the start of a new series I am hosting along with the wonderful Katherine from I Believe in Montessori and Vanessa from Mama's Happy Hive! We are all so excited for spring that we are organizing a series centered around spring, featuring wonderful Montessori bloggers from across the world! 

Y is also super excited for spring! He can't wait to get our garden growing with delicious vegetables and fruits! We have  a fantastic assortment of delicious berry plants growing in our backyard. I am so excited for them to ripen and to be able to give Natasha her first berries directly from our garden! I hope Y leaves her some as he loves going out and plucking the fruit fresh! oohh, I can't wait for it all! 

For this part of Our Montessori Spring series, I am sharing how you can regrow plants from dried beans. Y and I conducted a fun experiment to see which type of dried beans would grow the best.

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Our Montessori Spring: growing beans

Age: 2+ 
Why: Explore how beans grow, seeds, botany, and learn about the life cycle of a plant! This is a very hands on way to learn more about seeds. 

What you need

  • Handful of cotton balls*
  • Plastic (ziplock) bags
  • Beans 
  • Water 
  • Tape
  • 3 bowls (for presentation) 

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*Note: you can also use paper towel instead of cotton. 


The first thing you should do is soak the beans overnight. While this is not necessary (the beans will still grown even if you skip this step), I do recommend it as this speeds up the growth process, which is very exciting for young children. 

After soaking the beans, give them a quick rinse and place them into a bowl. 

I presented this work on a tray, but this is perhaps not necessary. That is up to you. I like to keep everything neat and tidy to make the work seem appealing and logical. This is also nice for experiments like this that do not need to go on a shelf, but this style of presentation makes it easy for me to see if we have everything we need before beginning. 

I used several different types of beans for this experiment so we could compare the growth of different beans to each other. 

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Now, Y could get to work 'planting' his seeds! I asked Y to place the cotton balls into water. 

Then he had to place the wet cotton balls into each bag. He then had to place a few beans into each bag. I asked him to place only one type of bean per bag. 

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After two days, our beans have already started to show signs of change! The black beans and black eyed peas had the most progress with the kidney beans remaining exactly the same. Only one bean n each bag has sprouted though! Isn't this interesting! 

I'm really excited to see how they grow further! We will transplant them when they are bigger into our garden! I can't wait to show Y this wonderful life cycle in action. 

Maybe once our plants are larger, we can use some of the beans for seeds and start this all over again. Isn't that a great lesson for a child? To see the life cycle of a plant in such a hands on way - that is definitely a fun and concrete way to learn, wouldn't you say so? 

For now though, we get to wait and see which bean does best and what the rest of the results of our fun experiment will be! 

Materials to enhance this study 

This article is part of 4 part series 

Read all of the articles from the participants in this series 

9 Plants for Urban Gardening with Kids / Montessori en Casa 
Gardening as Advanced Practical Life / Work and Play, Day by Day
 Family Gardening / Montessori Trails
Gardening - the Montessori Way / Teaching from a Tackle Box Montessori

More to come in this series 

Botany - March 21 
Nature  - April 4  
Zoology - April 18

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