Jack and the Beanstalk Bean

Growing a plant from seed is a great way for children to learn about the conditions plants need to grow successfully. Beans are an obvious choice as they are a nice big seed, grow relatively quickly ( they should have a large stem and leaves after about 10 days ), get big roots and grow quite tall. We’ve had mixed results with our beans this year though, so if you want something more reliable I’d recommend cress or rocket, both of which have grown fantastically for us recently.

We made this bean into a Jack and the Beanstalk bean, to make your own, download the printable beanstalk here. We used double sided tape to stick a lollystick to the beanstalk allowing it to stand up.

jack and the beanstalk bean

How to successfully grow a bean

  • Beans need a relatively warm temperature so don’t try to grow them before spring.
  • Beans need to be watered a couple of times a week, and planted in well drained soil.
  • Beans like the sun, leave them in a sunny spot.
  • Watch out for insects and protect the beans where possible.
  • To grow a bean in a jar, just swill some water around the jar, add a damp piece of cotton wool or kitchen roll and place the bean so it’s resting on the cotton wool/kitchen roll. Remember to spray with water every couple of days.


More bean experiments

Did you know that beans don’t need sunlight to germinate? Try leaving one bean in the dark and one in the light to investigate for yourself.

bean grown in the dark

Grow a bean in a bag like Teach Preschool or even in a CD case.

Dissect a bean like Buggy and Buddy.

Suitable for Key stage 1 Science


Find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy

Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants

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