Growing pinto beans is an easy, quick way to demonstrate how seeds germinate and can make a great science project for a school science fair. The best part is that this project can be completed with items you probably already have at home. You and your child can probably put it together in about 72 hours. The project is sure to captivate your child and her classmates.
Soak the pinto beans in room temperature water for a few hours. This will stimulate the germination process.
Wet a paper towel and place it in a plastic bag. Add a couple of beans to the bag.
Store the bag in a cool, dark place. A kitchen cabinet is perfect.
Check on the bag each day, until the bean has sprouted.
Plant the sprout in a pot of soil. Place the pot in the sun and water the sprout as needed.
When the sprouts are about three inches high, plant them outside, if you desire. Space plants 15 inches apart, and water as needed. In three months, you can harvest them and have fresh-grown beans for your table.