Jelly Bean Art
Is it art or is it food? Take advantage of bright jelly beans available around Easter time and create a colorful jelly bean mosaic! This craft is a great springtime diversion that helps reinforce counting, color and pre-geometry skills as well. Round up your leftover jelly beans and put them to work in a beautiful work of jelly bean art!
What You Need:
- Jelly beans, various sizes and colors
- Cardboard or thick card stock paper
- Paper cups
- Optional: graham crackers and vanilla frosting
What You Do:
- Help your child collect or purchase jelly beans in various sizes or colors.
- Have her sketch some simple shapes in pencil on the cardboard or card stock. The design can be in the shape of spring-related images (flowers, rainbows, butterflies, chicks, rabbits, Easter eggs or Easter baskets, to name a few examples). If she wants to keep things simple, she can also draw letters or a short word in bubble letters. Tell her that they drawings should not be too detailed; she will have to fill the shapes in with the jelly beans.
- Pour liquid or craft glue into a paper cup for your child. She may want to use other paper cups to organize her jelly beans by color or size.
- Next, have her apply the glue (we suggest using a paintbrush) and begin attaching the jelly beans within the lines she has drawn. Have her continue until the entire image is filled with jelly beans.
- Let the glue dry before moving the mosaic, and move it carefully!
- An optional version is to use a sheet of graham crackers as a base and vanilla frosting instead of glue. After the jelly bean art is completed on the graham cracker, your child can enjoy eating the creation—delightful and delicious!