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  1. Did you water them daily??

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I keep an eye on the paper towels. If they look dry, I spritz them with water.

  2. Do you happen to have a pdf of the directions for the experiment that you can share with me?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I’m sorry, but I don’t at this time.

  3. I am a Pre-K teacher with a class of 12 kiddos. Teaching remotely for next 4 weeks. Is there a way that I can send your seed journal page To parents to use with their child? I am mailing seeds out to each child.

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      Yes, you can definitely do that! So sweet of you to send them to your students.

  4. Hi … do you have an example of a completed journal for the bean in jar experiment for comparison reasons?

    Thank you

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I’m sorry, but I don’t! I can try to take a picture of it when we do it next!

  5. thanks a lot for sharing, definitely will try with my little one.

  6. If you soak lima beans over night in a cup of water they will triple in size. Then carefully peel off the outer skin and very carefully split the seed. Get your magnifying glass and you will see the tiny first leaves inside and the first root! Exciting for kids to explore

    1. do you use fresh seeds or dried

      1. Angela Thayer says:

        I used dried seeds.

  7. Ms. Suarez says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  8. Priya srivastava says:

    Like the activity……. children will enjoy it ,

  9. Hey! I love this…just wondering exactly what type of seed you used?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      I used peas, flowers, and beans. I don’t remember which brand, but I think it was from The Dollar Tree.

  10. cath cosslett says:


    Many thanks for sharing your germination activity. I have been about ways in which my Y2 children could simply and regularly record the changes in their seeds over a couple of weeks and your seed journal is just perfect for them to do this independently.
    You have saved me time!

  11. Do I need to add water to paper towels regularly?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      No need to add any water 🙂

      1. Andrew Moreno says:

        What type of water did you use?

        1. Angela Thayer says:

          Just regular tap water.

  12. Hey! This may be a silly question… but how are they able to grow without nutrients from soil?

    1. Angela Thayer says:

      That’s a good question! The seeds are able to grow from the sunlight and water, but they only lasted for about three weeks before they started to wither and die. I believe it’s because they weren’t in soil that they died. I’m not a scientist, but that’s just my guess 🙂 This activity is a way to show kids how seeds begin to grow. I’m guessing you could transfer the seeds to soil after they’ve started in the jar. Hope that helps!

      1. Coral Coombs says:

        Seeds contain nutrients (stored food) for the germination process, but need soil to continue to grow after it uses up the stored “food”.

  13. Katherine says:

    What a wonderful idea! I will be doing this with my kids this week!

  14. Jill Dushey says:

    Thank you! I just printed out the journal for my kids.
    They are so excited to get started.

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