Ok, so candy is a totally easy way to get kids excited about learning just about anything, but I’m not above taking the easy path to learning success! Today, we’re sharing our J is for Jellybean Kindergarten Letter J Craft.
My kids were soooo excited for this craft. The minute they saw me chopping up jellybeans they started jumping up and down and demanding to know what the “beans” were for.
If you work in a school district that prohibits food in crafts, you can simply cut out small pieces of construction paper in the shape of jellybeans for this craft.
To ensure that all of the carefully halved jellybeans weren’t devoured during our craft, I’ll admit – I let the kids each have a few before we got started. I knew the kids were going to eat some anyways so I’d rather ensure that they had ones that hadn’t been exposed to glue and that I wasn’t just creating an invitation for rule breaking.
(And I was really proud that none of them snuck a jellybean during the craft because of that!)
Letter J Craft – J is for Jellybean
First, gather your materials:
- black cardstock
- glue sticks or school glue
- scissors and/or a knife (for the teacher/parent)
Using the scissors, cut enough letter J’s for each of the kids to have one.
Then, cut the jellybeans in half lengthwise to allow them to stick to the paper better.
Place the jellybeans and glue out for the kids and provide them each with a letter to stick their jellybeans onto.
Picking up each jellybean was a great fine motor exercise for the kids, and they also employed a good level of control in placing their jellybeans carefully onto their dots of glue.
Some of the kids also started counting their jellybeans, seeing how many they could fit onto their letters.
The only “rule” for this craft was that nothing was to go in the kids’ mouths, so they were free to use as many or as little jellybeans as possible.
The jellybeans are a bit heavy so I moved them carefully to dry rather than having the kids bring them over when they were done. If you wanted to hang these crafts, you’d want to mount the letters onto another piece of cardstock to prevent ripping.
Our J is for Jellybean Letter J Craft was a fun surprise for my kids and they turned out great. They are going to be a bit bumpy in our kindergarten craft workbooks but the jellybeans are hard enough that I’m not worried about them getting crushed.
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