Bean Growing Experiment

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Bean Growing Experiment.


So in my attempt to continue working on projects, Jorryn and I decided to sprout some beans! This experiment was very easy to complete, with items already at home. It was also great to see the progress everyday! Jorryn, Zane, and I all enjoyed watching through the clear glass each day to see how much growth we had for that day. For our experiment, we used pinto beans and kidney beans. Jorryn hypothesized that since the kidney beans are a little larger, they will also sprout larger plants.


What You Need


  • Wet paper towels
  • Glass jars or containers — I used cute little juice cups that my Nannie painted for me πŸ™‚
  • Beans


What To Do


  • First, I folded up four paper towels for each glass and got them wet.
  • Next, I pushed them into the glasses.
  • Then, I added the beans. I made sure that they were touching the wet paper towels so that they could grow.
  • Put the containers in the sun light so they can grow and then sit back and enjoy!



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The first day, nothing much happened to Jorryn’s great disappointment. On days two and three, we were delighted to find some sprouts popping out of the beans!


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After one week in the sunshine and adding extra water when the paper towels got dry, THIS is what happened:


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Jorryn’s hypothesis was right this time! The kidney beans grew much larger, as you can see in the container of the right. The pinto beans were kind of flop. Nonetheless, it was a great experiment that the boys and I enjoyed!


I also discovered that you can sprout them in the house like this and then plant them in the garden to grow beans in the garden! I can’t report on how they grow in the garden yet, but I will definitely update when we see some progress out there! πŸ™‚

About Layne Quintanilla

I'm a Child of God, wife, frugal home school mama, and blogger. Living each day intentionally & full of joy!

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11 Responses to Bean Growing Experiment

  1. Maria Iemma May 20, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    This is going to be a great project for me to do with my granddaughter, this time every time she comes to visit she can see how the beans are doing….not only is this educational but it is cheap and this grandma has to keep saving her money….

    • Layne Quintanilla May 20, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

      Yep! It’s an awesome project! Be sure to check back and let me know what your granddaughter thinks! Thanks for the comment, Maria!

  2. Julie D May 20, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    oh this is a great idea! I’m surprised you didn’t need dirt. Will have to try this when my daughter is older πŸ™‚

    • Layne Quintanilla May 20, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      I know! I was really glad we could do a project that did not involve dirt πŸ˜‰ Even my 2 year old was into it! Thanks for stopping by, Julie!

  3. tami s May 20, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    What fun. My grandson plants beans with me in my garden, but this would be great so he can see them sprout.

    • Layne Quintanilla May 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Yes! We really enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by, Tami!

  4. Jeri Accardo May 20, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    THIS IS GREAT!! My granddaughters love doing this stuff! And believe me……They check it SEVERAL times a day and notice the slightest changes! But it is sooo much fun watching them watch it! We do the carrot and food coloring also. Last year they planted a pineapple, and just this week, it has a BABY PINEAPPLE on it!!! Yipeeeeeeeeee

    • Layne Quintanilla May 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm #

      That’s AWESOME! How fun!! We’re working on another growing project right now that I’ll be sharing soon — that they can also watch πŸ™‚ That’s big in our house too! Thanks for the comment, Jeri!

  5. Mandee October 6, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    Hi Layne! I found this article when I was googling this project! πŸ™‚


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