Jelly Bean Easter Treats: Springtime Fun for Your Family
Jumping Jelly Bean Music
Jelly Bean Maracas: Gather plastic Easter eggs and have your child place a handful of jelly beans inside each egg. Now tape the eggs shut. Play some lively music and shake, shake, shake the maracas. Later, see what other items you can put into these eggs to make different sounds. Rice, sand, dried beans, and pennies are all good maraca materials.
Musical Jelly Beans: This game is a variation of the traditional musical chairs. Cut large colorful jelly beans from construction paper. Laminate these with clear adhesive plastic or clear contact paper for durability and future use if you wish. Invite friends and family to play. You will need one jelly bean per person playing, less one. Tape the large beans in a random fashion on the floor. As you play the music, the children (players) are walk and dance around the beans. When the music stops, all will hurry to stand on a bean. The player without a bean is out of the game. Take another jelly bean off the floor and start the music again. Continue playing until only one player and one jelly bean are left. (For very young children, have one jelly bean per child. The children need only to step onto a jelly bean every time the music stops.)
Jelly Bean Games
Jelly, Jelly, Jelly … Bean!: This is a variation of the traditional game, “Duck, Duck, Goose.” Have all the children sit in a circle. One player walks around the outside of the circle, touching the heads of each player and calling out “jelly.” Then he chooses a child and yells “bean,” and the chosen child chases the first player around the circle to an empty place. “Bean” now becomes “it” and starts the game again.
Jelly Bean Toss: Gather up large bottle caps (at least a couple of inches high) such as laundry detergent caps or caps from aerosol cans. Glue these onto a heavy piece of cardboard or a piece of plywood. To play this game, give each child a handful of jelly beans. The player stands a certain distance from the caps and tosses the beans into the caps. Count how many go into the caps. You can decide a winner (the player who placed the most beans inside the cups) or just play for fun!
Jelly Bean Recipes and Crafts
Jelly Bean Cookies: Mix up your favorite recipe for sugar cookies or use refrigerator dough. Elongate circles of dough into egg shapes. Bake as directed. After your cookies cool, frost with vanilla icing. Give your child a handful of jelly beans to decorate her cookie as she wishes. Enjoy this special treat together!
Jelly Bean Bird Nests: This makes for a great Easter dinner table setting and a fun dessert your children will love! To make the nests, you’ll need:
Melt the miniature marshmallows and butter in a double boiler. Stir in the chow mein noodles or pretzel sticks and turn until coated. Then oil or butter your hands and press the noodle/pretzel mixture into the shape of small bird nests. Refrigerate your nests for at least two hours. Finally, drop your jelly beans into their edible nests.
Jelly Bean Creatures: Give your child a piece of paper cut into a jelly bean shape. Let him color this and draw on a face. It could be a person, animal, monster, whatever the child desires. Glue this onto a toilet paper tube. With construction paper, add ears, whiskers, feet, hands, or any other feature your child wishes. After your child completes her project, don’t forget to talk about the new jelly bean creature! What is it? Does it have a name? What’s its favorite thing to eat? And so on.
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