During the Jurassic period, more than 100 million years ago, giant dinosaurs, such as sauropods and stegosaurs, munched on plants that thrived in the warm, moist climate.
With this fun project, you and your kids can create the same kind of climate to sprout mung, wheat berry or lentil beans into a tasty treat to top off a sandwich or salad.
Place 1/2 cup of dried beans for sprouting (sold at most natural food stores) in a large, widemouthed glass or plastic jar.
Fill the jar halfway with cool water, cover it with a piece of nylon mesh or cheesecloth secured by a rubber band, then set it in a shady spot.
Let it sit for 8 hours.
Gently drain the water through the cover, add more water and immediately drain again. Return the jar to the shady spot, but this time set it on its side to give the beans more room. Using the same method, rinse the beans and let them set twice a day for the next three days.
The sprouts should then be ready to add to a sandwich or salad. Leftover sprouts will keep in the refrigerator for a few days if you loosely wrap them in paper towels and tuck them into a plastic bag.