The Bean Race jars on the windowsill
Understanding roots and shoots can be a great adventure for young children. This week Little Green Fingers learned all about growing TALL! We discovered how we are all different shapes and sizes, that some children are taller than others and that things found in nature are all different too. We planted sunflower seeds in the sheltered Secret Garden and some to take home. Then we went indoors and 'planted' some beans in a glass jar to take home and put on a windowsill (they had been soaked for a minimum of 5 hours beforehand). Three different beans were given out - Borlotto Lingua di Fuoco (or Haricot Firetongue which is a pinky-speckled bean), Fasold (which is a black seed which grows into mid-green pods) and Blauhilde (which is a beige bean growing into black pods which turn green when cooked). I checked the ones we brought home and a root on the Fasold bean is already visible only 2 days later! Preants have been given a sheet of mini experiments they can do as the beans grow, such as turning the jar upside down when the shoots have emerged and watching what happens...all great fun! Hopefully the plants can be potted up into soil and eventually planted out into the garden for a colourful bean feast in their own gardens later in the year!
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