Meet the Bean: Soybeans are Everywhere!

What is a soybean?
Why are soybeans such a valuable crop? Here are some activities that are perfect for agriculture days, county fairs, after-school programming or summer camps! Recipes for soy plastic and soy lip balm are included as well as craft ideas: Soybean Stress Balls, Bean Buddies and an Ohio Drum. Germinate a soybean in a seed necklace. Observe a variety of beans, use a seed sorting map and create a graph.


  • Soybeans are Everywhere!

    Look at the drawing — can you find all the soybean products?

  • Fun and Games with Soybeans

    Activity instructions for germinating a Soybean Seed Necklace and making crafts like a Beanie Buddy, Soybean Stress Balls and an Ohio Drum.

  • Seed Sort

    Did you know that beans are seeds? Seeds grow into plants that produce the beans that we eat. Observe, sort these beans and create a graph. Designed for younger students.

  • Soy Lip Balm and Biodegradable Soy Plastic

    Recipes for making lip balm and plastic with easy supplies and instructions.


Teacher background

Soybeans are very valuable, not just as food containing many essential nutrients, but also economically. Soybeans are the second-most-planted field crop in the United States after corn. The United States is the world's largest producer and exporter of soybeans. Ohio is the nation's seventh largest soybean producing state.


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