Life Cycle of a Bean

Growing beanstalks is a fun way to engage children in nature study and adds a cross-curriculum element to a Jack and the Beanstalk theme. This set of printable worksheets and activities will help you learn more about the life cycle of a bean.

Life Cycle of a Bean

The seed of the bean plant, the bean, grows in a case called a pod.

The seeds are harvested from the pod and planted or they fall from the pod as it dries.

After the seed is planted it will germinate. This means that the hard shell softens and splits. Roots begin to grow downwards and a shoot will grow upwards.

The shoot will appear above the soil. Then two leaves will start to grow.

The plant will grow taller and more leaves will grow.

About six to eight weeks after germination the bean plant reaches adulthood and flowers will grow.

When the flower has been fertilized seed pods develop. The seed pods mature and can be harvested for food.

Pods that remain on the plant will harden and dry and split open releasing their fruit, the beans, so the cycle can begin again.

Our Life Cycle of a Bean Activities

Bean Life Cycle Cloze

Bean Life Cycle Cloze

Learn about the bean life cycle by reading the text and filling in the blanks from the word bank on this cloze worksheet.

Bean Life Cycle Colouring Page

Bean Life Cycle Colouring Page

There are four stages in the life of a bean plant, and we've drawn each stage on this life cycle colouring page so you can colour them in. For an extra challenge, colour in our blank version then try to label each stage (choose from labelled or blank versions below).

Bean Life Cycle Colouring Pages Set

Bean Life Cycle Colouring Pages Set

Studying the life cycle of a bean is a great way to introduce the kids to the science of plant growth and development. We've divided the life cycle of a bean into 5 stages and 5 separate colouring pages (choose from labelled or blank).

Bean Life Cycle Labelling Worksheet

Bean Life Cycle Labelling Worksheet

Can the kids label this bean life cycle diagram correctly? Choose from one of two versions of this worksheet below, black and white (so they can colour the picture themselves) or pre-coloured.

Bean Life Cycle Labelling Worksheet Guided

Bean Life Cycle Labelling Worksheet - Guided

This is the easier version of our bean life cycle labelling worksheet. The children need to label each part of the bean plant lifecycle diagram using the words in the box to help them.

Bean Life Cycle Matching Cards

Bean Life Cycle Matching Cards

Cut out these bean life cycle vocabulary cards individually for matching games or fold in half and glue to make double-sided flashcards for vocabulary practice.

Bean Life Cycle Matching Worksheet

Bean Life Cycle Matching Worksheet

Test how much the kids know about the lifecycle of a bean plant with this matching worksheet. Can they match each image to the correct life cycle description, then place in the right order?

Bean Life Cycle Notebooking Pages

Bean Life Cycle Notebooking Pages

Are you learning about the lifecycle of a bean plant? Why not print out our set of notebooking pages and use them to record what you've learned...

Bean Life Cycle Photo Posters

Bean Life Cycle Photo Posters

We've got 5 lovely posters that clearly show each stage of the bean plant lifecycle. Perfect for classroom displays and for discussions about nature and life cycles...

Bean Life Cycle Poster

Bean Life Cycle Poster

This simple bean life cycle poster is a lovely way to introduce children to the life cycle and growth of plants. We've got one version that's labelled already, and a blank version (perfect for challenging older kids to name the different stages). 

Bean Life Cycle Posters Set

Bean Life Cycle Posters Set

If you're learning all about the life cycle of plants, you can print these simple posters (with or without labels) and use them in displays. Perhaps you can try having a 'growing' corner in the classroom, where you grow beans and compare each stage to the pictures on the posters?

Bean Life Cycle Sequencing Cards

Bean Life Cycle Sequencing Cards

The aim of these sequencing cards is to place them in the correct order to show the life cycle of a bean plant. Choose from our blank or labelled versions, print, cut out then ask the kids to arrange the cards using the arrows to show the life cycle. 

Bean Life Cycle Sequencing Worksheet

Bean Life Cycle Sequencing Worksheet

Help the kids learn about the life cycle of a bean plant with this fun activity. They need to cut out the pictures, arrange them in the right order then stick them onto the second sheet.

Bean Life Cycle Slideshow

Bean Life Cycle Slideshow

Open this slideshow and work through each screen, page by page, with the children. By the end they should have a good understanding of the lifecycle of a bean. You can print this slideshow too, of course.

Bean Life Cycle Story Paper - Blank

Bean Life Cycle Story Paper - Blank

This bean life cycle story paper is perfect for your botanical studies, and there's plenty of room to describe the lifecycle and growth of the bean plant. We have four versions to choose from, with lines or handwriting lines, and a choice of ready-coloured or black and white.

Bean Life Cycle Story Paper - Labelled

Bean Life Cycle Story Paper - Labelled

Use our bean life cycle story paper featuring a detailed illustration of the growing process to write your own description of the bean life cycle.  We've got four versions to choose from below, either lined or with handwriting lines, and in colour or black and white.

Bean Life Cycle Story Paper Set - Blank

Bean Life Cycle Story Paper Set - Blank

These bean life cycle story papers let the kids write a detailed description of each phase of the life cycle - perfect if you're growing beans at home or in the classroom. We've got four versions to choose from below, either lined or with handwriting lines, and in colour or black and

Bean Life Cycle Story Paper Set - Labelled

Bean Life Cycle Story Paper Set - Labelled

Are you learning about the bean life cycle at the moment? There's plenty of space to describe what happens on these story papers - and we've got both lined and handwriting versions to suit different ages and abilities.

Bean Life Cycle Word Cards

Bean Life Cycle Word Cards

Perfect for labelling diagrams and for vocabulary work, this printable set of bean life cycle word cards contains 10 words or phrases all associated with the life cycle and growing process of a bean plant.

Bean Life Cycle Word Search

Bean Life Cycle Word Search

Here's a simple word search for kids, in which they need to find the words to do with the life cycle of a bean hidden in the grid. We've included the solution below...

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