The kids loved watching bean seeds sprout. We put five beans in a ziploc bag with a folded wet paper towel. The bags were taped in the classroom window (with names written in permanent marker). Of course we also read "Jack and the Beanstalk
School science/garden idea: This frame made to look like a flower pot adds visual charm to growing lima beans with kids. Wet a paper towel and put it in a sealed bag with a few beans. Change the wet paper towel every few days.
I love this for a Science/Language Arts connection. Jack and The Beanstalk. soak the beans overnight so they swell and sprout more quickly. Plant in soil, insert wooden skewer with castle and clouds (cotton balls) attached at top!