Learn about green bean plants with these fun and free printable life cycle of a bean plant worksheets! This is such a fun activity to do in the spring! Find out more about how beans grow and learn about the stages of bean growth. Pair it with these other easy plant experiments for more hands-on learning!


Explore Bean Plants For Spring

Learning about the life cycle of a bean is such a great lesson for the spring season! It’s the perfect activity to incorporate into learning about gardens, farms and even Earth Day!

Science lessons with bean seeds can be so hands-on and kids love it! There are all kinds of projects you can do involving growing seeds in the spring, and each year we have so many activities to choose from that we have a hard time because we want to do them all!

We love watching seeds germinate with this seed in a jar experiment, building a greenhouse from plastic bottles, planting seeds in eggshells and making easy DIY seed bombs!


Life Cycle of a Bean Plant

Also learn about the life cycle of a honey bee!

A bean plant goes through several stages of plant growth to become mature. From a seed, to seedling, to flowering plant to fruit, here are the green bean plant stages. A bean plant takes 6 to 8 weeks to grow.

Seed. A bean plant’s life cycle starts with the bean seed. The seed is harvested from the pods of a mature plant and planted in the soil.

Germination. Once a seed is planted in the soil, and gets plenty of water, air, and sunlight it will start germinating. The hard shell of the bean seed will soften and split. Roots will begin to grow downward, and a shoot will start to grow upwards.

Seedling. Once the shoot grows through the soil it is called a seedling. Leaves will start to grow and the stem will grow taller and taller.

Flowering Plant. Six to eight weeks after germination the bean plant is fully mature and flowers will grow. Once pollinators have fertilized the flower, the seed pods begin to develop.

Fruit. The seed pods that develop are the plant’s fruit. These can be harvested for food or saved for the next season of planting, when the life cycle starts all over again.

The Parts of a Bean Seed

Embryo. This is the young plant that is growing inside the seed coat that contains the developing leaves, stem and roots of a plant.

Epicotyl. The beginning of the bean’s shoot that will eventually form leaves.

Hypocotyl. The beginning of the bean’s stem that is just under the epicotyl.

Radicle. The mature embryo consists of an embryonic root.

Cotyledon. A seed leaf that stores starch and protein for the embryo to use as food.

Seed Coat. This is the protective outer covering of a seed that is usually hard and brownish in color.


More Hands-on Learning With Beans

Here are some more hands-on learning activities that would be wonderful additions to include with these bean life cycle worksheets!

Seed Germination Jar – Watch up close how a bean seed grows and observe each phase from roots to leaves with this simple science experiment.

Parts Of A Flower – Get up close to a flower with this easy flower dissection lab. Pull apart a flower and name the different parts you can see. Printable parts of a flower diagram included!

Parts Of A Plant – Use simple art and craft supplies to learn about the different parts of a plant and the function of each.

Life Cycle of a Bean Plant Worksheets

The seven bean plant worksheets that come in this printable pack include…

  • Life Cycle of a Bean Plant
  • Bean Seed coloring page
  • Parts of a seed worksheet to label
  • Seed Vocabulary worksheet
  • Seed Growth Worksheet
  • Bean Seed Dissection Worksheet
  • Lima Bean Dissection Lab

Use the worksheets from this pack (free download below) to learn, and label the stages of bean growth. Students can see the bean plant life cycle, and then can cut and paste (and/or color!) them to the bean plant worksheet!

More Fun Plant Activities

When you finish these plant life cycle worksheets, here are few suggestions for fun plant activities for preschoolers and easy plant experiments for elementary to middle school.

Learn about the important role plants have as producers in the food chain.

Well, growing grass in a cup is just a lot of fun!

And don’t forget to watch flowers grow in this amazing science lesson for kids of all ages.

Learn about the apple life cycle with these fun printable activity sheets!

Grab some leaves and find out how plants breath with this simple activity.

Learn about how water moves through the veins in a leaf.

Make a plant cell coloring and collage activity!

Printable Spring Activities Pack

If you’re looking to grab all of the printables in one convenient place plus exclusives with a spring theme, our 300+ page Spring STEM Project Pack is what you need!

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