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Hi I was just wondering if anyone could help. I am doing the topic of fairytales and for Jack and the Beanstalk wanted the children to grow their own beans. I read the post about this a few weeks ago and can't remember if the type of beans was mentioned. I know this sounds really stupid - but went to garden store and they had lots of different types of beans and I just want to make sure that I get the right kind that will grow at this time of year. If anyone could help I'd be very grateful xD:o

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I did this last term and was surprised how quickly the runner beans grew. I placed them into a coffee jar with blotting paper. Link it into maths by measuring the bean daily with unifix cubes. One night it grew 2 cubes!!

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We've done it with broad beans and had very good results. Have you thought about doing a class jar with mung beans - these give very quick results that you can do alongside your beans.

 

Rinse the beans and put them damp into a jar - cover the neck of the jar with muslin or a 'clean' pair of tights. You then wrap black paper around the outside of the jar to keep the sunlight out. The beans need to be rinsed every day or they will smell and I think go slimy xD , but its quite easy to do as you just fill the jar through the muslin, swirl round and drain out. The beans begin to sprout very quickly and you can take some out to show the children or temporarily remove the black paper. The chn can then eat the beansprouts. From memory it takes around about 2 weeks???? You can use a number of different sprouting beans - aduki, alphalpha etc - see the health food shop. Hope this makes sense :o

 

Good luck - Harricroft.

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