Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Observing the Science of Beans

Today Nana was making beans and invited Hunter to observe their pre-cooked state. She set out two uncooked beans and told Hunter that when they were done soaking, we would compare the soaked beans with the original.

A few hours later, after Nana had left, we rinsed off the soaked beans and took a couple out.

"Look how the uncooked beans are hard and tiny, but the soaked ones are soft and bigger. The beans absorbed, or soaked up, some water and it makes them grow and become softer. Isn't that neat?"

We put the beans back into a pot of water and put them on the stove. "Now we're going to cook the beans and they are going to absorb even more water. When they're done cooking, we'll see how much bigger and softer they get."

Hunter was pretty fascinated, and had fun with this little experiment. He may not totally understand all of it right now but he is storing the information to recall upon later.

Besides, it's pretty cool watching the "magic" of science.

"Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel"
Ezekiel 4:9
Hunter is 2 years, 10 months old

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