Celebrate National Jelly Bean Day: At-Home Learning Activities from Summer Solutions!

Now that your child’s education has moved out of the classroom and into the kitchen, try these springtime ideas and resources from Summer Solutions. We’re here to keep kids academically engaged, now and throughout the summer!

National Jelly Bean Day is April 22

So pick up a bag of jelly beans and get ready to celebrate with these free lessons.

What’s a Jelly Belly? is a two-part reading comprehension lesson. Kids read about jelly bean history, from Gustav Goelitz, whose candy business started 150 years ago, to the Jelly Belly factories of today.

For a social studies connection try our free 10 Presidential Quotes worksheet.

Your child can also find important events from history that occurred as the Jelly Belly Company grew. Have your child construct and illustrate his or her own timeline of events.

Jelly Bean Reading and Writing

Even under the best of circumstances, students need extraordinary lessons by this time of the year. Your kids may not even be aware of National Jelly Bean Day, but they’ll thank you for making learning fun. Check out Harry Potter™ Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans®  for information on Jelly Belly’s ‘yucky’ flavors, but regular ‘ol jellybeans will work just fine for any of these projects.

The Jelly Belly® company has taken the (ahem) lowly jellybean to new heights. Many kids know of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry unknowingly eats them while traveling on the train to Hogwarts. Read J.K. Rowling’s quote printed in Goodreads, in which Ron cautions Harry to be careful when eating jellybeans that come in “every” flavor. It’s a great passage to share aloud with your kids.

Have your child read the fascinating history of the Jelly Belly® company and its growing list of odd-ball flavors. (Click on Jelly Belly’s® General Information About Our Products to determine ingredients and nutritional information about Jelly Belly® beans.)

Make some time for writing practice. Students of all ages will enjoy responding to this prompt:        

Invent a Jelly Belly® flavor and write a paragraph describing and promoting your “new” flavor. You can also invent a new Jelly Belly® flavor for other Jelly Belly® partnerships such as Minions, Star Wars, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Or you can even propose a flavor for a holiday, television show, or character of your choosing.

Jelly Bean Math

Birds are chirping, and spring flowers are poking their colorful blooms through winter’s drab soil. Springtime is changing the outdoor landscape, but if you’re looking for more indoor learning fun, try these ideas and websites. Your children will find them fun or delicious, and sometimes….both!

For preschoolers, do some jelly bean color matching.

Turn your 2nd–4th graders into bean counters (or bean multipliers) using colorful jellybeans for a math lesson. Here are three ideas to practice building arrays with different items. For National Jelly Bean Day, have your students make all their arrays with jelly beans of various colors.

If you have some toothpicks, build polyhedrons or other structures. If you have an old egg carton, make a jelly bean Mancala game.

Kids who are learning about percentages can create a Jelly Bean Circle Graph. Remind your child that percent means “per hundred,” so a percentage always names a part of one hundred (there are 100 cents in a dollar). Then, follow these steps:

  1. Randomly choose 100 jelly beans of various colors. Record the colors at the top of the circle graph page.
  2. For each color, count the number of jelly beans and list that number at the top of the page.
  3. To start making your graph, choose a color and count the beans of that color. Then, choose a starting place on the circle and draw a line from there to the dot in the center.
  4. Next, count the number of spaces that matches the number of beans you have in your hundred. For example, if you have 23 red jelly beans, count 23 spaces. Draw a line from there to the center. You should have a pie-shaped section of 23 spaces.
  5. Continue with the other colors until the entire graph is divided according to your color percentages.
  6. Label and color your graph. See example.

Jelly Bean Art

Make time for a fun art project in your at-home school day. Why not a jelly bean mosaic? View this CBS Sunday Morning interview with jelly bean artist Kristen Cumings. 

… and don’t forget, you can order Summer Solutions today!

I know that true summer vacation is still a few months away, but Summer Solutions offers kids the ability to review the skills that they were taught during this school year. That way when they return to school in a few weeks or even next fall, they will be ready to continue right where they left off.

Post Author: Diane

Diane D has been researching and writing for Simple Solutions since retiring from her teaching position at the Nordonia schools. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Diane, who is fluent in Italian, travels a lot, bikes every opportunity she gets, rock climbs, skis, and has recently joined a rowing team.

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