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Friday, March 16, 2012

Jelly Bean Giveaways

As I started collecting materials for the beginning of spring, I realized that I have many sweet activities for jelly beans.  First, why not make sure that your students can recognize their color words by using this simple but effective jelly bean coloring sheet?
Coloring Jelly Beans 2

For a math lesson, you could sort, count and graph, either by making a real graph or this bar graph:
Graph Jelly Beans Bar

For small group reading, I made two different books for my high group and for my on-grade level group when I was in kindergarten.  I hope you enjoy these books that reinforce K sight words.  I made both of these as half-size books - I printed each book on three pieces of paper front and back, stapled them along the mid-line, then folded them.
Here Are Jelly Beans
Do You Like Jelly Beans

These pattern strips can be used in a small-group math lesson or in centers (if you trust your students with real jelly beans).  I prefer to do it in a small group and give each child their own Ziploc bag filled with jelly beans.

Pattern Jelly Bean Strips

If you like these activities, please let me know by leaving a comment below.  I'd really like to share activities that are useful to all my sweet friends out there!


  1. Well you know I am one of your biggest fans!

  2. I like this idea - you used jelly beans to cover math and reading. Thank you. If I wanted to use something instead of jelly beans, what might you suggest? Like, some kind of marker that isn't food?

    1. Lena: If you didn't want to have your kids use food, you could use ink and fingerprints to have them make that oval shape. Also, I have some snap cube, bear, and fruit pattern strips on TPT (Teachers Pay Teachers) similar to the jelly bean pattern strips. If you wanted a bigger pattern, you could always use plastic eggs that you can find at the grocery store. Let me know if this helps.

  3. I love jelly beans! Around day 100, we graph (and eat) 100 jelly beans. I have a fun poem and jelly bean seeds art activity that I posted.
    jelly bean seeds

    I saw in you bio that you believe in multi-sensory teaching/learning and learning through play. Yaaay for play! I am also a strong believer that 4 and 5 and 6 year old brains learn best through exploration and play.

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  4. Love these activities! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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