My foodie cousin always comes up with some really creative ways to entertain my kids when she sees them. Often involving food, Saturday’s activity was no different. She came to our house equipped with an assorted pack of Jelly Belly jelly beans. As soon as she asked them if they wanted to play a game that involved eating jelly beans, both kids, without hesitation, ran to the table and patiently waited for the game to begin.
As a sensory based activity, she encouraged the kids to pay attention to each flavor they were tasting and describe it in their own words. I couldn’t believe that my 2 and 4 year old sat there at the kitchen table engaged for over an hour (this is unheard of especially when there is sugar involved). Their excitement and anticipation over what jelly bean flavor was next in line really was fun to watch.
My 4 year old son correctly guessed at least 90% of the flavors that he tasted. I didn’t realize his palette had already matured so much (clearly this was a learning experience for me as well). My 2 year old daughter wasn’t quite there yet but she was thrilled to join in on the fun and get a new jelly bean when everyone else did.
Why not put your kids Easter candy to good use this Sunday? All you need is an assorted pack of Jelly Belly jelly beans and your kids. With 50 distinct flavors (49 included in the assorted pack), this game is something you can do with your kids more than once. The kids get a treat, they learn about their sense of taste and you are able to keep their attention for an entire game. What’s not to love about this simple activity. Game on!