Developing an Early Love of Science One Experiment at a Time

Growing beans in a bag is an easy and engaging way for young children to learn some of their first lessons in plant biology! Each day they can check the progress of their seeds and watch as they change from tiny seeds to plants with roots and a stem. Growing seeds in a bag is the perfect kitchen science experiment or spring science experiment to do at home or in the classroom.

Growing a bean in a bag is an engaging spring science activity for children to learn their first biology lessons at home or in the classroom. Learn how to grow beans in a bag and get a look at their roots up close!

How to Grow Beans in a Bag

The kids were so excited to learn how to grow a seed in a ziplock bag! We gathered a few simple items to start our bean experiment:

  • A plastic zip top baggie (We used a sandwich size baggie, but a quart-size baggie works, too.)
  • One paper towel
  • A few bean seeds (We used dry pinto beans from the pantry.)

Getting everything set up for growing seeds in a bag was super easy.

First we folded up the paper towel so that it fit easily inside the plastic baggie. I got it wet and slipped it into the baggie.

I grabbed a few dry pinto beans from the pantry and placed them inside the baggie right on top of the paper towel. Any variety of dried bean should work (pinto, black, lentil, navy, etc.). Green bean seeds can also be purchased at a gardening store.

Growing beans in a bag is an engaging spring science activity for children to learn their first biology lessons at home or in the classroom.

We sealed the plastic baggie shut and set it on the counter for observation over the next couple of weeks.

Bean Experiment for Kids

We checked our growing beans in a bag each day to see how they were changing.

The kids noticed right away that there was quite a bit of condensation inside the baggie. It was like we created our own little greenhouse for our plant in a bag!

After about 5 days we noticed that one of the seeds started to germinate! It was so cool to see a little shoot poking out from the seed coat.

Growing beans in a bag is an engaging spring science activity for children to learn their first biology lessons at home or in the classroom.

After a few more days we noticed that more of the seeds were sprouting. We could see the roots grow and spread out across the paper towel. It was so cool to see how the seeds changed and grew every day. Since our baggie was clear and the roots were right on top of the paper towel, we got a very unique and detailed look into how seeds sprout and grow!

Sprouting a bean in a bag is an engaging spring science activity for children to learn their first biology lessons at home or in the classroom.

We kept our growing beans in a bag for about two weeks. By then a few of the bean plants grew so tall they started pushing up against the plastic baggie!

Sprouting a bean in a bag is an engaging spring science activity for children to learn their first biology lessons at home or in the classroom.

After two weeks we pulled the paper towel out of the baggie to get a better look at the root systems and the growing stems. The paper towel dried out quickly and our little plants died within a day. I guess we could have tried to transfer the seedlings into dirt to see if they would grow some more, but this time around we were just interested in watching them sprout. Maybe next time. 🙂

Germinating seeds in paper towel and plastic bag is an engaging spring science activity for children to learn their first biology lessons at home or in the classroom.

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The bean in a bag is one of the 35 experiments in the Science chapter of the book!

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This bean experiment is a fun and simple spring science experiment for kids. Learn how to grow a seed in a ziplock bag by germinating seeds in paper towel and plastic bag. Learn how to grow a bean seed and see plant biology in action!

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