Hello Boys and Girls, this term our topic is Growth and Living things. One of the books we will be reading this half term is 'Jaspers Beanstalk' by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen. We will be learning about what plants need to grow and exploring seeds. This week we will be planting a lima bean without soil.
Germinating seeds in a bag is a fun way for your child to view how seeds transform into plants right before their eyes. Seeds don’t need soil to start germinating, so you can place them in a sunny window and they will start sprouting straight away.
That’s right, your child will be able to watch how the seeds sprout, which is a process normally hidden by the soil. Your child will learn a lot by taking part in this activity, yet it is so simple to do! As long as you have dried beans and some plastic bags.
Activity 1 - Lima bean
Lima Bean (can be bought from any supermarket).
Clear plastic sealed sandwich bag
- First wet a paper towel and place the lima bean in the middle.
- Then fold the paper towel in half and then half again.
- Next place the wrapped bean in a plastic bag, and seal the bag (The wet paper towel and the sealed bag surrounds the Lima bean with moisture).
- Afterwards secure the bag with clear tape, and place it in a sunny window (making sure you keep the paper towel moist during the sprouting process with a spray water bottle, avoid over-saturating the paper towel because the bean many rot instead of sprouting).
- Finally make sure you open the bag each day to allow air to flow also at the end of the day seal the bag.
I hope you have fun with this experiment and why not send us a photo of your beanstalk. To listen to the story of 'Jaspers Beanstalk' go to the reading section.
Grow your own cress head. All you need is some eggs, pens to decorate the egg shell, cotton wool balls and cress seeds.
- First crack your eggs and don't waste the eggs, you could use them for baking.
- Then wash out the eggs shells and leave to dry.
- Next decorate your egg shells, however you wish.
- Afterwards wet cotton wool balls and squeeze out the excess water. Place one inside each of your egg shells.
- Finally sprinkle the cress seeds on top of the cotton wool ball, lightly pushing down the seeds.
Don't forget to sit them in a warm, light place like a sunny windowsill, sprinkle with drops of water and watch them grow.
There are so many different seeds around us. Many fruits or vegetables have seeds inside them or on the outside. What fruit or vegetables do you have at home? Have a look if you have any seeds at home in your food, such as an apple, cut an apple open and look together at the seeds inside or peel an orange and look at those seeds.
Ask you child do they look the same? What is different about the seeds?
After listening to the story or the song of 'Jaspers Beanstalk' with your child, ask them to draw a picture of their favourite part of the story or song. Scribe what your child says or ask your child to draw a picture of all the things that they would like to find at the top of the beanstalk.
Take a walk around your local area, park or garden. What can you find growing? You could take a pencil and paper to draw what you find.
Have you got any seeds at home? You could plant them in your garden. Don't worry if you haven't got any you could find and plant a seed from any fruit or vegetables that you eat. So next time you eat an apple, pepper or an orange, save those seeds.