This Letter J activity was experiment. When I taught preschool we always glued jellybeans onto the letter J. Of course, I wanted to see if I could mix this letter of the week activity up a bit. Have you ever been eating jellybeans, and found your hands stained with jelly bean color? I wondered what would happen if we dipped the jellybeans in water and then painted with them. Fun right?!?
Letter J Activity: Jellybean Art
What you need: Letter J, construction paper, glue, jelly beans and a small bowl of water.
To prepare the Letter J Activity; print out the Letter J, glue it on a piece of construction paper and write the word Jellybean on the bottom of the paper. Set out a bowl with jelly beans (don’t put more than you want your little one to eat. . .they will get eaten). Work together to drip water over the jelly beans.
Once the jelly beans were a little wet, I told M and M to get busy painting. It worked almost as well as I’d hoped. There seemed to be a lot more eating than painting going on. Hmmm….
Tips (to maximize learning): Before you get started ask a question and make predictions. “What do you think will happen when the jellybeans get wet?” After the activity talk about what things happened that you expected. What were you surprised about?
Tips (for successful jellybean stain): The key is to use the perfect amount of water. Too much will rip the paper, too little will not leave a stain. Have fun experimenting!
Have some messy Jello fun along with this activity for even more Letter J practice.
This post originally appeared on March 12, 2011.