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Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle, High School
Grades: PreK and up | Age: 2yrs and up | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the founders of]

Children can see what happens when you add water to dried beans.

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Fill your jar with the dried beans.
  2. Add water to the jar until it reaches the top.
  3. Cover the jar with the tray.
  4. Leave the beans to sit in the water for a few hours, then go back and see what happened!
  5. Your beans will have soaked up all the water and expanded... pushing the tray off of the jar!
  6. Your seeds become very strong when wet (this is what helps them sprout and grow in the dirt in the garden.

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