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Sprouting Beans


Soak lima beans in water for at least three hours. Give each child a bean, a paper towel, and a clear jar. Invite children to place wet paper towels into their jars and to place their bean between the paper towel and the glass. Place the jars in a sunny spot. Invite children to keep the paper towels damp and to watch the jars each day. Children can draw simple pictures to show growth as it occurs. Finally, print for each child a copy of these Sprouting Bean Sequencing Cards. Cut the picture cards apart and let each child show what he/she has learned by arranging the four cards in the correct growth sequence.


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