Indoor Garden Ideas for Kids: Mung Bean Sprouts

Enjoy seeing how the seeds sprouting!


We grew mung bean sprouts for the first time. Crunchy and refreshing, I love to cook them in soup or ramen! I did research the youtube tutorial videos first and seems like a straightforward process. I didn’t want to buy extra stuff for this project, so I upcycled the tofu packages. (Free!!)


**Since it is homemade, mung bean sprouts, to avoid food-borne illnesses like E. coli and salmonella, wash them very well and eat them fully cooked. NOT raw.

What you need

  • Mung bean sprouting seeds (I got it from Amazon)
  • Two plastic containers (One for seeds tray with holes, the second one is for the saucer to catch excessive water. No holes.) I used a tofu package for mine. Takeout food containers or clamshell packages might work too. **Wash and clean/sanitize them before use!!
  • A small screwdriver or ice pick
  • Select-A-Size Paper Towels or napkin

Step by Step

Mung Beans in a jar

Mung bean sprouting seeds.

Indoor Garden Ideas for Kids Mung Bean Sprouts Soaking mung beans

Soak beans

I scooped about 1.5 tablespoons of mung beans. Soaked them with water for 24 hours. Some people on the tutorial videos were saying 12 hours should be good too. It’s totally up to you!

How to grow your mung beans easy how to prepare the containers

Making a container

After we washed and clean them, I made holes in the seeds tray. I recommend making holes from the inside of the container so that the water drains easier. **Let grown-up handle this part. Be careful!!

How to grow your mung beans easy how to make holes in the container

I made 9 holes.

How to grow your mung beans easy how to prepare containers and tray

How to Prepare Containers

I didn’t have another tofu package, so I used my son’s snack container as the saucer for catching excessive water.

How to grow your mung beans easy how to prepare containers with paper towel

Set the saucer underneath. Insert the paper towel to the seeds tray. We just need half the size of the paper towel. Cheesecloth might work too.


24 hours later…

dry mung bean on the left and soaked mung bean on the right

Wow! After the 24 hours bath, the seed looks way BIGGER than the original size!

Mung Bean Sprouts 24 hours later after a soak in the water

Replace seeds in the seeds tray and pour some water to soak the paper towel. Dump the excessive water and set the saucer underneath. Some are germinating already!

Cover the seeds

How to grow your mung beans: Covering beans

Cover with a towel for growing without lights. I used a cloth napkin (The closest thing I grabbed in my kitchen.) Good night mung beans!

Watering

Don’t forget to water them at least twice a day! Just water them and let them soak for a couple of minutes and dump excessive water.

3 days later…

How to grow your mung beans easy: 3 days later

Already this much progress!! Amazing!! Kinda creepy but cute at the same time :)!! My son was so shocked and screamed!

Plus 2 days later…

How to grow your mung beans easy: 5 days later

Getting so long!! It took just 5 days since we started!

How to grow your mung beans easy: Mung Bean Sprouts

It’s almost the harvesting time? I might wait for one or two more days. We are so excited to eat them!

**Since it is homemade, mung bean sprouts, to avoid food-borne illnesses like E. coli and salmonella, wash them very well and eat them fully cooked. NOT raw.

Tutorial Video

Here is a tutorial video we found on youtube. There are so many methods out there, but all look very easy and fun!

Happy learning!

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