Recently, my dear friend Samantha made this Jelly Bean Tree for Easter 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, at the time, 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! This craft & activity covers counting, color sorting, dividing into the early stages, cause, and effect, helps with fine motor skills, subtracting, awareness, science & more…
What you need in order to make the Jelly Bean Tree:
- Low-Temperature Glue Gun – Here is one for $6
- Mini Glue Sticks- (These are the Mini Glue Sticks that go with that glue gun)
- Jelly Beans
To get started, you’ll want to take the kids outside to 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 lesson for your little ones, plus it is a great time to remind our kids about the reason for the season.
Introduce the COLORS 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.
Yes… I let them try them! 🙂 I let them eat ONE Jelly Bean 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 until they are secure. I asked our children to count to ten, with each jelly bean, for extra math practice.
That’s all there is to it! Making a Jelly Bean Tree could not be easier!
We also made a second tree – a mini jelly bean tree- that we put on our little entryway table in the foyer. 🙂
Another great idea is to have an Easter Scavenger Hunt!
You have such an impact on your children at this age… and yet one of my favorite stories is about the importance of just laying with your child and having a little faith in them.
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We only have a few years to really be present in their lives. Let’s spend these years wisely.
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I see a lot of interesting posts on your blog.