Friday, March 15, 2013

Kids Science with Jellybeans

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Science for Kids, kids science, Kevin Henkes, My Garden, activities for kids After reading, My Garden by Kevin Henkes we decided to do an experiment to find what kinds of beans will grow and what kind of beans will not grow. In My Garden, a little girl helps her mother tend a garden. She dreams of her own garden. In her garden, bunnies don't eat the plants; they get eaten because they are chocolate bunnies. She dreams up a garden where jellybeans grow into jellybean bushes and seashells grow shell plants. This is a wonderful book for enticing the imaginations of young gardeners.
While the book does provide hope for producing a sea shell garden, we had to do a little experimenting ourselves. We posed the question, "Will a jellybean grow a jellybean bush?"
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We decided to try and sprout two different kinds of beans- navy beans and jelly beans. We talked about the differences in the beans. Mommy cut them apart so we could examine both beans. We even looked at them with a magnifying glass. (I had not thought ahead that a preschooler would not understand how to use a magnifying glass. It was a very teachable moment and my four year old, loved experimenting with the magnifying glass.)


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We then put beans into plastic bags with a moist paper towel.
We will check back to see which ones sprout. Mommy is holding out hope for a jellybean bush!





13 comments:

  1. Love this idea! It would be a great way to start our plant unit! Thanks for sharing!
    I am having a “Spring Break Bucket List” linky party...stop by and link up!

    Brigid
    Brigid Ann
    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

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  2. Cute idea! I love the book tie in too!

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  3. Brigid,
    You are right, it would be a good "hook" for the beginning of your unit. I"ll stop by your linky party too.

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  4. So cute! reminded me of all the beans in Skippy jon jonesIf only you could grow jelly beans! Fell free to link up to the Kid lit blog hop http://piwiprincess.blogspot.com/2013/03/co-hosting-12th-kid-lit-blog-hop.html

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  5. Piwi Mama,
    Great connection! :)
    Thanks for the info about the blog hop.

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  6. Firstly you have a fabulous site. Second, the book and ideas are great, and we have a budding 20 month old gardener, who likes to dig and plant a variety of non organic items, lol so this book will be right up her ally. Thanks for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop, we hope to see you back again. Cheers Julie Grasso

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  7. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing with Mom's Library!

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  8. Thanks Ashley for stopping by from the link up!
    Jackie

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  9. haha. fun. you should try planting a dollar too, just in case. . .

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  10. great idea! It's probably worth a try... ha! Thanks for the comment!

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  11. Just wanted you to know I am featuring you this week on Mom's Library! Oh, and I'm with Erin, if the jellybean grows, you should plant a dollar tree too!

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  12. Sweet! Thanks for the feature, Ashley. I'll check it out tomorrow.
    Unfortunately, the jelly bean molded... so my chances of growing a dollar are looking slim. sigh

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