Science Projects for Kids: Light and Heat

Grow Toward the Light

No matter how many stumbling blocks are in the way, plants will always grow toward the light.

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic cup
  • Potting soil
  • Pinto beans
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Shoe box

How to Grow Toward the Light:

Step 1: Have your children punch a few drainage holes in the bottom of a cup, add some potting soil, and plant a few pinto beans. They should water the beans and put them in a warm place.

Step 2: They should then tape two pieces of cardboard into a shoe box to make a maze, as shown. Have them cut a hole in one end of the shoe box.

Step 3: Make sure your kids keep the soil moist until the beans sprout, then have them put the cup in the shoe box. They should put the lid on the shoe box.

Step 4: Ask your children to take the lid off the box every day to look at the bean plants and to water them as needed. Tell them to make sure to put the lid back. Which way are the plants growing? See how long it takes them to grow out of the hole, into the light.

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