"The World Around Us" Week - Kitchen Science

Hi everyone, this is Elise Brimhall, Education Program Manager at PBS Utah, and I am back with week 2 of easy, engaging activities that you can do with your kids while social distancing and while the schools are closed. If you missed week 1, head over to our blog and check out the three space themed activities from last week.

This week we are exploring "The World Around Us," and we are starting right in our own kitchens! Just because we are cooped up, doesn't mean we can't still learn from the world around us. This activity is the perfect way to bring a little spring into your home. We are going to sprout beans and observe them over the next week or so. At that point, they can be transplanted into dirt cups and eventually moved outside to a garden or window box. I used dried black and pinto beans I had on hand for this activity, but you could try any bean you have at your house and see how it sprouts.


Kitchen Science - Bean Sprouting

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Supplies needed:

  • Ziploc bag (any size)
  • Cottonballs, paper towel, or toilet paper
  • Dry Beans (any kind - I've used pinto and black beans)
  • Water
  • Tape
  • Sunny window
  • Print the Plant Life Cycle Journal, or use paper and create your own

Activity instructions:

  1. Each child chooses about 6 beans. I used 3 pinto and 3 black beans.
  2. You can soak the beans overnight in water, this might speed up the process. I am trying it both ways. I have set of beans that has been soaked and one set of beans that has not been soaked. 
  3. Place the beans in the bottom of a Ziploc bag and spread them out evenly.
  4. Dampen (don't soak) about 7 cotton balls or a paper towel and place at the bottom of the bag with the beans. 
  5. Zip the bag closed about halfway.
  6. Tape the bag up in a sunny window.
  7. Use the Plant Life Cycle Journal to write and draw the observations and changes in the beans. You will start the journal today, on day 1, then check every other day for progress.

I'll check back in throughout the week to check on my beans and to see how your's are doing as well!