Recently, my dear friend Samantha made this Jelly Bean Tree and I thought that it was so cute, so we made it, too! Your kids are going to love making it (warning: they will eat as many jelly beans as they can during the process). lol… You can stop that by leaving out a plate of these Easter Bunny Bottom Cookies! (because substituting cookies for jelly beans is always better, right? haha!!)
We made this after our toddler was in bed for the night because I didn’t want her to be upset that she couldn’t eat these jelly beans (a choking hazard)… so we turned it into a Pajama Craft!
It is so easy and has some really great lessons to teach your kids! (counting, color sorting, dividing in the early stages, cause and effect, helps with fine motor skills, subtracting, awareness, science & more…)
What you need:
Low-Temperature Glue Gun – Here is one for $6
Mini Glue Sticks- (These are the Mini Glue Sticks that go with that glue gun)
Just take the kids outside and gather some branches (get your vase or mason jar ready first, so that you know how big you want your branches to be).
Next, start sorting the colors. (this sorting activity is a great lessons for your little ones!)
(I let them eat one of each color)
Take your low-temperature glue gun and help your kids put glue on the jelly beans (our 7 year old could do this by himself, but we helped him at first).
Hold the jelly beans on the branch for 10 seconds. I had the kids count to 10 each time (again, another great lesson for your preschoolers!)
That’s all there is to it!
We put the little on on our entry way table (Oh- I got that Easter Egg vase for 25 cents at the Lowes Sidewalk Sale! If you don’t know about those, check out this post… Decorating for less) and we put the tall one on our dining room table.
This is also a GREAT way to talk to your kids about the story of Easter.
Red is for the blood He gave,
Green is for the grass He made,
Yellow is for the sun so bright,
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins that were made,
White is for the grace He gave.
Purple is for the hour of sorrow,
Pink is for the new tomorrow.
A bag full of jelly beans,
Colorful and sweet,
Is a Prayer, a promise, an Easter treat.
We only have a few years to really be present in their lives. Let’s spend these years wisely.
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