Google+ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! - Planting Your Very Own Beanstalk is Fun!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! - Planting Your Very Own Beanstalk is Fun!

No flower/garden/seed theme would be complete without experimenting with Lima Beans! They are just so much fun to watch and they quickly grow & change which is wonderful for kids to witness.

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! Here are the Books We Read:

I really like this version of the classic tale. My oldest Diva scares easily and I was worried about some of the more gruesome versions of the Giants in some of the other books. This one was perfect and I highly recommend it for kids.

This was a cute & funny story which also introduced some gardening vocabulary

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! Planting a Beanstalk Sure is FUN!

You Will Need:
lima beans (we used 5 in each baggie)
a clear platic storage bag, a clear plastic cup or a glass jar (we used a baggie)
wet paper towel

What We Did:

1. We sprayed a paper towel so that it was wet but not soaking


2. We placed the paper towel into a baggie (we folded the paper towel in half and then in half again to fit)
3. We sprayed the lima beans with water before placing them in the baggie to get them going

4. I taped the baggies to a window and we set out to observe them every day.

 Day 1: the beans got noticeably larger/fuller (I did not get a picture) as they absorbed water from the napkin

 Day 2: the seed swelled and burst open



 Day 3: You can see the lima beans bursting open through their hard outer coating



Day 5: Roots are now clearly visible



Day 7: Leaves sprouted



This is a great experiment to do with toddlers/preschoolers because it is simple with very little maintenance - just keep towel moist - and marvel at the day to day growth! The Lil Divas had such a good time with this.

Have you and your child(ren) or students experimented with lima beans? I would love to hear about it.

Hope you enjoyed watching our beans sprout with us! We are continuing to watch them grow and  the Lil Divas are curious as to what will happen.

Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum! Wonder if we'll grow a beanstalk tall enough to climb towards a sky high kingdom?

Bern

11 comments:

  1. I can't tell you how many times I've done this for myself, even after I was older. I just think it's fascinating to watch things grow!

    Simply Kate

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  2. This is an activity I did each year with my pre-k students. They loved checking on their beans every day to see their growth. So fun!

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  7. Very cool! I definitely want to do this with my kids now. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  9. Love the progression shots!! A must try! TFS

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  10. Did this every year when I taught 2nd grade. We got them started in class this way, then planted them. Once they were planted, they took them home to continue growing. At the end of the year, the ones who still had living bean plants brought them back for us to see how much they had grown. So fun! I just did this with my little preschoolers here at home. We haven't planted them yet, but they sure have loved this part.

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  11. I remember doing this in a jar as a kid but in a zip lock bag is a cool idea! Must remember to try this when spring comes down here!

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