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If you have any packets of seeds lying about – why not do a germination experiment together!

Place several damp, folded paper towels into a zip lock bag. Insert 5 staples about half way up the bag – this will keep the beans in the right place so that there’s room to watch the roots grow. Place a few beans or seeds into the bag. Tape the bag onto a wall or window. Add water as needed to keep the paper towel damp. Watch what happens!

Creative Enrichment

Record the beans’ germination by drawing and measuring them each day. Have your child make a science notebook and use it to record their observations.

What happens if you do the same experiment, but put one bag of beans in a window, and another one in a dark closet?

Plant more than one type of bean or seed to compare how quickly they grow.

Story time

This great story links in with the botany theme. We’ve included some key Makaton signs to learn alongside. Click here to view.