Make a 'beanhouse' (Alternate Version) science experiment : Fizzics Education


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Make a ‘beanhouse’ (Alternate Version)

Make a ‘beanhouse’ (Alternate Version)

Follow FizzicsEd 150 Science Experiments:

You will need:

  • One clear re-sealable plastic bag
  • Paper or cotton balls
  • Compost soil mixture from a nursery or supermarket*
  • One packet of bean seeds
  • Water

*Compost and potting mix can contain the bacterium that causes Legionnaires’ disease.*Wash hands and take precautions to avoid breathing potting mix dust. For more information see this NSW Health Article


1 Make a beanhouse science experiment version 2 - paper towel in plastic bag

Place paper or cotton balls in the bottom of a re-seal kitchen bag and moisten with water.

2 Make a beanhouse science experiment version 2- beans in bag with towel and water

Put your beans into the bag and seal it.


Tape the bag against a window and watch the beans sprout over time.

You could also see the effect of adding salt or sugar to the bags or perhaps light vs. dark. Which condition produces the fastest bean growth? It’s all about variable testing!

4 Observing leaf material under a digital microscope
5 Teacher showing how to do an experiment outside to a group of kids.

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Why Does This Happen?

Find out for yourself!

Growing your own beans in a PET bottle can be a lot of fun, but you can also use these beans to investigate factors that affect plant growth. Try setting up different bottles and changing one thing to see the effect (eg. the amount of water or light they get or adding salt to the soil). Changing one variable and seeing the result is part of the scientific method and we strongly encourage it!

Variables to test

More on variables

  • Try adding equal amounts of salt, sugar, baking soda, citric acid or jelly crystals in replicants of your experiment. Does this make a difference in germination rates?
  • Use different amounts of water on each test to see the effect of watering on germination.
  • Use light vs dark areas.
  • What happens if you turn a bag upside-down during the growth process?

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