Having to stay at home is the pits but this fun science experiment will “stay” with your child for a lifetime. Your child will develop an understanding of where food comes from and hopefully, will nurture a lifelong learning journey of curiosity-that key element that inspires the discovery of “secrets” found in this beautiful bounty that God gives us.
I bet you have everything you need in your cupboards. If not, a quick trip to a grocery store will solve that problem. It won’t be expensive, I promise!
Some Important Things First
Feeling “stuck at home”? Ugh. I hate change. Do you? Change is hard, even if you know it’s only temporary.
Huge questions surface. Questions that really matter. Like
“What do I do with my kids ALL DAY LONG?”
But you secretly say to yourself, “How do I stay positive when I don’t want to do this?”
How to Get Out of That Yucky Mood
That secret question has to be answered before the first question can be answered. To help you stay positive (or recover positive….uhhhm, or if we are honest, start being positive when you are really in a crappy mood), try these simple steps before you embark on any activities you do with the kids.
- Make a personal list of things you really are thankful for.
- Thank God for providing those things.
- When the discouraged feelings well up, try this: “No, I am thankful to be able to __________ or I am glad that I get to __________.”
- Get out some paper and do this with your kids. Allow them to draw or write things they love so they can be thankful too.
- Keep the list in a prominent place so you can add to it as you discover more things to be thankful for. You could start a Thankful Journal with your kids
I know what it feels like to have a job you don’t like or kids who really need an outlet that you don’t have. I know it’s hard to be positive when reality seems to be negative. You may want to steal a few minutes in your special chair and read this article to help you work through that “yuck” and to be able to accept change a bit easier. How to Be OK With a New Season of Life CLICK HERE
THE EASY SCIENCE EXPERIMENT
You may have everything you need for this science experiment in your pantry. If you have these items, try taking your child on a hunt in your cupboards to find them. Take a look in your cupboards for……
Do you have any dried beans of any kind in your pantry? Do you have popcorn? If not, these items are available in your grocery store and they are inexpensive. Look for bags of dried beans first. If you don’t see yourself actually cooking the dry beans, to save some money, get a bag called, “7 Bean Soup” so you can have several different kinds of beans in one bag. Then find bagged popcorn (not the kind sold in microwave bags but if that is what you have, you can still use it for this experiment). To make an important point to this experiment, you MUST have some popcorn kernels for comparisons. Alternatively, if you find whole corn kernels of any kind that will work well.
The steps are easy. But, PRINT OUT YOUR FREE WORKSHEET FIRST. It’s kid-friendly.
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Easy Science Experiment Steps
- Read these instructions through to the end first so you will know how many of each item you will need before you begin-just in case you need to make a quick run to the store. Maybe a neighbor will be happy to share something that you don’t have already.
- Place a few beans in one bowl, cup, or glass.
- Place a few popcorn kernels in another bowl, cup, or glass
- Let them soak overnight
- In the meantime, look on the internet for pictures of bean plants.
- Fill in the worksheet with all the information you discover
- Look on the internet for pictures of a corn stalk (plant).
- Fill in the worksheet with that information
- The next day, carefully remove the beans from one bowl. “Peel off the skin and “Open” it. (More instructions are on the FREE PRINTABLE when you subscribe.)
- Fill in the worksheet with what you discovered about this seed.
- Carefully remove the outer skin of the popcorn kernels. Try to “open” it.
- Fill in the worksheet with what you discovered about this seed.
How to Draw Conclusions About Your Discoveries
- Note the differences. You can see them easier if you filled in your worksheet
- Look at the photos of bean plants again and compare them to the photos of the corn plants.
- You have discovered something about the two categories of seeds. (You may have to help your child to see that a dicot makes bush-type plants and monocot makes grass-type plants. Try your best to let them “discover” this.)
- Fill in the worksheet with the names of the two basic types of seeds. You will find this info on the worksheet.
Ready to Plant Some Seeds?
I hope you have more seeds that you didn’t soak. You can plant both kinds of seeds in some dirt. Use a pot of soil on your patio or some soil in a flower bed. Choose a place that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight a day for your new garden. Plant the different kinds of seeds separately, because you will want to track which seeds make which type of plant.
If you want the seeds to make plants that will have beans or ears of corn, you will need:
- For corn, a 5 gallon pot of garden soil.
- For beans, a 3 gallon pot of garden soil.
- Plant 10 corn seeds in a circle in the large pot about one-half inch deep.
- Plant 10 beans in a circle in the smaller pot about one-half inch deep.
- The plants will grow out of the dirt if you remember to water daily, just to the point that the soil is damp.
- When the plants come up, keep watering daily, just until the soil is damp. After they are a couple of weeks old, you will “thin” them out to 4 corn stalks and 4 bean plants. (You could try 2 pots each and don’t thin out one of them and write what you observe.)
- Beans take about six weeks to grow a bush and make new green beans. The corn will take 80-90 days, maybe a bit more. Popcorn is tricky but your child will enjoy the tall, grassy stalk even if there is no ear of corn.
This could start a whole journey of discovery about how your food grows. Extend this experiment by tracking what happens over the weeks. Draw pictures of what the plants look like as they grow. Write words to label the pictures and write a description.
If you planted the seeds, you are now officially a gardener. Welcome to the fascinating world of food. Real food. Food that not only nourishes your body but is good for your soul. When you work together, in the dirt, it builds a healthy person in many ways.
Lots of love,
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. – Mat 6:33 CSB
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