That’s what we asked the students at New Hope Christian Academy Field Day in April. They came up with all the right answers: the sun, water, dirt. Some mentioned ‘bonus’ items like worms and fertilizer! After telling them all about soybeans and their many uses, we told them they could sprout soybeans without sun or soil. All they needed was the warmth of their own bodies.

Each student put a cotton ball and a soybean in a small ziplock bag, then added water and sealed the bag. A piece of yarn turned the bag into a necklace, and the students tucked the bags inside their shirt, where after a few days the soybeans will begin to grow.

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