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!
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.