10 Easter traditions with jelly beans. Celebrate Easter with some of these fun, family friendly ideas. All you need are common household supplies and of course, jelly beans!
I love the Holidays. I am such a sucker for all the cute themed Holiday items in the stores; home decor, dinnerware, window clings, candy, toys, chocolates, books, tablecloths, baking supplies….. I mean the list could go on and on. The other day I went to Target to fill a $5 prescription and I kid you not, I came out with several bags, and $100 later, of cute Easter stuff. Target is always getting me in trouble 🙂
My kids and husband love jelly beans but I have never been a fan of them. I like them because they are so colorful and because there are so many to choose from! I mean have you seen all the different varieties and colors of jelly beans in the store?
They were all so pretty, pastel, and colorful with every fruity & sweet flavor imaginable. I just had to buy at least one bag. I mean you can’t celebrate Easter without some jelly beans, right? I know some people snack on jelly beans and eat them year round, I mean look at Jelly Belly, but to me jelly beans are only for Easter. Since having kids I have loved coming up with new traditions for the different holidays. I have made a list of 10 traditions that you and your family can start doing for Easter.
1. Easter Bunny trail to the baskets. I have done this since my kids were little. After we play “Easter bunny” we lay a trail of jelly beans from their bed to the Easter baskets out in the family room. It is so fun for the kids to wake up and follow the jelly bean path left by the Easter Bunny!
2. Plant jelly beans in grass the night before & wake up to an Easter Bunny egg hunt! My kids go out front (or backyard) the night before Easter and they spread out jelly beans on the grass. In the morning, the yard will be covered with plastic Easter eggs (with candy inside) for a fun Easter egg hunt from the Easter Bunny. Depending on age of the kid(s) you could hide the eggs, or just place them in plain view all over the grass. I only do non-candy items in the baskets and then leave all the candy for inside the plastic eggs left on the lawn. My kids go crazy for this one and it is something they talk about all year long 🙂
3. Decorate sugar cookies. Make sugar cookie dough, or buy some, and shape into an egg shape (could use a cookie cutter oval shape). Frost and then decorate with jelly beans.
4. Easter countdown jar. Pick a countdown to Easter time length (7 days, 14 days, 30 days….). Place that number of jelly beans in a jar and then each morning the child gets to eat one, when there are no more jelly beans, its Easter!
5. Jelly bean noise makers. My kids love anything that makes noise! These are always a hit. Place some jelly beans inside a plastic egg and then glue the egg shut. Just like that, you have fun and easy little noisemakers 🙂 make an Easter band or dance to music. Get creative!
6. Sort jelly beans. This is a fun learning activity for Easter. Give the child a bag of jelly beans and let them sort the entire bag into colors. This sounds so simple, but you would be surprised at how much kids love to do this. It always keeps my kids busy.
7. Make jelly bean patterns. Again, another simple learning activity. Give the child a bag of jelly beans and have them make patterns. My son, who is in preschool, makes patterns with EVERYTHING. This makes your child get creative trying to think of all the different patterns, and it will keep them busy for a while!
8. Make jelly bean krispie treats. Use your favorite rice krispie treat recipe and just add some jelly beans. Really easy but also super fun for the kids.
9. “Jelly, Jelly, bean” game. This is a play on the very popular “duck duck goose” game. Sit in a circle and choose a child to be the “picker” (as we call it). The picker has a jelly bean in their hand and goes around the circle touching the jelly bean to the heads of the other children while saying “jelly”. He then says “bean” on someone and drops the jelly bean, and then they chase each other to try and get back to the empty spot.
10. Jelly bean toss game. Have one child hold a bowl, plastic cup, large clean bottle cap (like laundry detergent), or some type of container. Make a “toss line”. One child stands behind the “toss line” and uses jelly beans and tosses them into the container ahead that another child is holding. The person who gets the most inside the container, wins. Make a time limit; like everyone will have 20 seconds to see how many they can toss in. Or, give each child the same number of jelly beans and see who gets the most in the container.
I hope you try some of these with your family. I love creating new traditions and memories for each Holiday. These jelly bean traditions for Easter will leave your kids with lasting memories and fun family times ♥
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