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Jellybean Activities

What’s your favorite flavor?

We’re not talking about ice cream, we’re talking jellybeans! April 22 is National Jellybean Day. Forty-six years ago there were only seven jellybean flavors. Since then the universe of jellybeans has expanded. Now—with over 100 flavors—there is truly something anyone can love.

People’s favorite flavors (according to the internet) are:  Apple, Lemon, Licorice, Grape Sours, Very Cherry, Licorice, Buttered Popcorn, Juicy Pear, Sizzling Cinnamon, Cotton Candy, Watermelon, Tangerine, and Green Apple.

And these flavors – we think—are only for the brave: stinky socks, rotten egg, sausage, ear wax (really?), and lawn clippings!

 

Activity Ideas:

Discuss your child’s favorite flavor. Have them make up some outrageous flavors of their own and then google it. It may exist. If not, they’ve invented something new. Older children can write down these jellybean favs and not-so favs then poll friends and family on social media. Which flavors get the most votes?

Add some learning to a preschooler’s day by gathering up some jellybeans (real or a substitute of your choice—dried beans work well since we all have some of those in our cupboards nowadays) –and listen to Jellybean Jungle, a print/braille book for preschoolers from APH with touchable illustrations. (If you happen to have a copy of the book, share it and encourage your child to explore the braille text and tactile jellybeans on each page.) Don’t have the book? Don’ worry! Listen to this audio recording and act out the story being told using the real (and delicious) things!

 

Count out jellybeans with your child. Line them up, or count them out into an egg carton, one jellybean into each space—moving from left to right. Have them share the jellybeans, giving you a jellybean then keeping one for themselves, back and forth, until all the jellybeans have been divided. How many do you each have?

For learning the position of dots in braille letters, choose a letter–such as the first letter of your child’s name (“l is for Lauren”). Using a six-muffin tin or half-dozen size egg carton, help your child drop a jellybean into the dot 1, dot 2 and dot 3 positions–naming the dot number as each jellybean is dropped in place. Have a turn at naming other words that begin with “l”. Choose and show other braille letters, then snack on your braille “creation”!

 

Fun Facts About Jellybeans:

How are jellybeans made?

Did you know your personality can predict which flavor jellybean you will like?

Is your favorite jellybean favor missing? Here are some flavors that have been retired. (Maybe they’ll make a comeback?)

And if you are really craving jellybeans now, here’s how to make your own!

 

For more resources check out our #AtHomeWithAPH resource list for free and accessible activities, tips, webinars, and more from APH, our partners, and the field at large. Have a free and accessible resource you would like us to include? Email us at communications@aph.org to tell us about it!

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About the author

Suzette Wright, Emergent Literacy Project Leader

Suzette Wright is Emergent Literacy Project Leader at APH. She joined the Educational Products Research Department in 1978 after receiving K-8 teaching certification and a B.A. in psychology with a research orientation.  As project leader she has been responsible for the development of the APH Light Box, Mini-Lite Box and accompanying materials, On the Way to Literacy series of tactile books, Moving Ahead Tactile Graphic Storybooks, Tactile Book Builder kit and guidebook, and co-authored the parent/teacher handbook, On the Way to Literacy: Early Experiences for Visually Impaired Children.

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