Sandwich sized baggie
Baby lima beans
Bowl of water
Start by filling a small bowl part way full of water. Have your child dip their cotton balls into water and place them in their baggie in a row across the bottom of the baggie.
Next, have your child add some lima beans to their baggie. Talk about how the beans need some room to grow, so just a few beans to each baggie.
Now have your child reclose the baggie making sure the baggies are sealed tight, so they hold in the moisture.
Lastly, tape the baggie to a window that receives plenty of sunlight. Watch each day to see how the lima bean grows a small bean plant!
Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:
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