Friday, March 23, 2012

Jellybeans

Book Suggestions:

The Giant Jellybean Jar by Marcie Aboff
Jellybeans and the Big Dance by Laura Numeroff
Arthur's Jellybeans by Marc Brown
The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza by Laura Numeroff
Jellybeans by Sylvia Van Ommen
Angelina Jellybean by Crystalee Calderwood

Activities:

Sort Jellybeans:
Materials: jellybeans, egg carton, paper, crayons
Description: Jellybeans are great for sorting! Help your toddler sort jellybeans by color. Put each color jellybeans into a different section of an egg crate. You can extend this activity by drawing several circles onto a piece of paper. Have your toddler pick a color jellybean that is in the egg carton and color one of the circles that color. Write the color word in the circle. Continue to do this for each color jellybeans. Then move all the jellybeans from the egg carton to the paper, matching the right color jellybeans to the color circles on the paper. Count the number of jellybeans in each circle when you are finished.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to sort by color, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot color word/color association, teach your tot to match colors, teach your tot to count


Count Jellybeans:
Materials: Egg carton, jellybeans
Description: Write the numbers 1-12 inside each section of an egg carton. Have your toddler place one jellybean in each section as they count 1-12. You can even talk to your toddler about a dozen jellybeans.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot one to one correspondence

Jellybean Patterns:
Materials: jellybeans
Description: You and your toddler can create simple patterns using jellybeans. Start a pattern for your toddler by place a red jellybean then a blue jellybean, then a red jellybean, then a blue jellybean. Ask your toddler what color comes next in the pattern. Help your toddler continue the pattern. This is an A/B pattern. See if your toddler can create their own A/B pattern using different color jellybeans.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to create simple A/B patterns, teach your tot to extend simple A/B patterns, teach your tot color recognition

Cookies:
Materials: cookie dough, flour, oval cookie cutter, icing, jellybeans
Description: Make cookie dough according to packaging directions. Sprinkle flour on the counter and have your toddler help you roll out the cookie dough. Your little one can cut out oval shape cookies using the cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet and bake according to packaging directions. When the cookies are baked and cooled have your toddler help you spread the icing on the cookies. Your little one can decorate these cookies using jellybeans. They can create patterns or make different shapes on each cookie. They will look like Easter Eggs.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot life skills, teach your tot to create patterns and shapes, teach your tot creativity, teach your tot motor skills

Graph Jellybeans:
This activity is probably better for older toddlers
Materials: jellybean, paper, marker
Description: Using the paper and marker create a graph. Draw a table with four columns and about 7-8 rows (as shown in the picture below). Give your toddler several red, green, orange and yellow jellybeans (you can use any four colors that you choose). Have your toddler graph the jellybeans by color by placing all the red jellybeans in one column, all the green ones in another column, all the orange ones in a third column and all the yellow jellybeans in a fourth column. They can look at the graph and see what color has the most jellybeans, which one has the least. Count each row of jellybeans. (This activity is very similar to sorting except that they are placing the jellybeans in a graph!)
skills Targeted: teach your tot to sort by coloring, teach your tot to count, teach your tot simple graphing skills, teach your tot to understand how to read a graph, teach your tot to understand more and least, teach your tot color recognition

J is for Jellybean:
Materials: paper, glue, marker, jellybeans
Description: Show your toddler a jellybean and ask them to say the word jellybean. Tell your toddler that jellybean starts with letter j. Have your toddler practice making the j sound. Draw a big letter J on a piece of paper and see if your toddler can recognize the letter. Have your toddler glue jellybeans on top of the letter to create a jellybean J!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot letter sound recognition, teach your tot beginning sound recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development

Jellybean Eggs:
Materials: 10 plastic Easter eggs, jellybeans, marker
Description: Write the numbers 1-10 on each of 10 plastic Easter Eggs. Show each egg to your toddler and see if they can name the number. Begin with number 1. Have your toddler count 1 jellybean and place it in the egg. Have them count 2 jellybeans and put them in the egg that has a number 2 on it. Continue this for each egg. When all the eggs are filled, place them in an Easter basket and have your toddler randomly pick an egg from the basket and tell you what number is on it. If they can't name the number, that is ok, have them count the jellybeans inside to find out what number it is. Do this for all the eggs.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot one to one correspondence, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Decorate an Easter Egg using Jellybeans:
Materials: draw or print a picture of an egg , jellybeans, glue
Description: Have your toddler decorate the picture of an Easter egg, but instead of using paint or crayons, have them glue jellybeans onto the egg to decorate the picture.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to create colorful patterns, teach your tot creativity

Jellybean Colors:
Materials: construction paper, Popsicle sticks, glue, scissors
Descriptions: Cut out a variety of jellybean shapes from different color construction paper. You could even write each color word onto each jellybean. Glue each jellybean to a Popsicle stick. Sing the Jellybean Colors song (found below) with your toddler and hold up each color jellybean as you sing about it.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot color word recognition

Songs and Fingerplays:

Jellybeans 1,2, 3:
sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Jellybeans Jellybeans 1,2,3
I love jellybeans in my tummy.
Red ones, green ones, pink ones too.
I love Jellybeans, what about you?

10 Little Jellybeans:

1 little 2 little 3 little Jellybeans
4 little 5 little 6 little Jellybean
7 little 8 little 9 little Jellybeans
10 little jellybeans in my Easter basket

Jellybean Colors:
Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

I had a jellybean
Jellybean, Jellybean
I had a jellybean
And it was red.

I had a jellybean
jellybean, jellybean
I had a jellybean
and it was green.

I had a jellybean
Jellybean, Jellybean
I had a jellybean
and it was orange.

Continue this song with all different color jellybeans.

Online Fun:

Videos:
Check out www.sesamestreet.org for fun videos
Letter of the Day Game Show: J
J Friends

Recipes and Snack Ideas:

Jellybean Jell-O:
Ingredients: jell-O, jellybeans
Directions: Make Jell-O according to packaging directions. Place in refrigerator to solidify. While the Jell-O is still somewhat a liquid, add jellybeans to the bowl and let it solidify until ready to eat. Have your toddler identify the color jellybeans in the Jell-O as they eat them!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot life skills, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot color recognition

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