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Jelly Bean Science Experiment – Rainbow STEM

Get ready for your kids to say WOW with this really beauitful jelly bean experiment.  This jelly bean stem activity uses simple materials to help kids explore a variety of areas to create a truly beautiful rainbow activities for preschoolers. Use this jelly bean science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. This rainbow jelly beans is a truly beautiful spring activity for kids.
Get ready for your kids to say WOW with this really beauitful jelly bean experiment.  This jelly bean stem activity uses simple materials to help kids explore a variety of areas to create a truly beautiful rainbow activities for preschoolers. Use this jelly bean science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. This rainbow jelly beans is a truly beautiful spring activity for kids.

Jelly Bean Experiment

This beautiful spring activity for kids allows kids to use STEAM skills (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) to create a beautiful rainbow activity for March, April, and May. This Jelly Bean Experiment is lots of fun  for preschoolers, kindergartners, toddlers, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler Рyou will love this jelly bean stem activity to make learning fun. Use this jelly bean challenge at home, in the classroom, or as a spring activity in your homeschool.

Jelly bean science experiment

STEM activities engage kids in using interdisciplinary skills from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to find solutions to inquiries through hands-on investigation. The Jelly Bean STEM Rainbow activity is a simple exploration that invites kids to critical thinking through discovery. Try engineering your own Jelly Bean Rainbow with simple household items for a FUN seasonal STEM challenge!
  • Science: Kids will explore the design and construction of a jelly bean rainbow through individual (or collaborative) use of skills in the scientific method: observing, communicating, comparing, organizing, and relating.
  • Technology: Kids will use digital cameras to photograph a sequence of events and for documentation of learning.
  • Engineering: Kids will exhibit simple attempts at design and construction.
  • Math: Kids will explore patterns, patterning, colors, lines, and elapsed time through the jelly bean activity.
Jelly Bean STEM for kids: Engineering a rainbow

Jelly bean stem activity

Jelly beans are thought to have been invented by William Schrafft, a Boston candy maker. Schrafft is believed to have encouraged families to send his jelly beans to soldiers during the Civil War. By the 19th century, jelly beans were a common household name. Jelly beans were the first candy sold by weight instead of by the piece in the United States.

Jelly Beans

Jelly bean rainbow science experiment

Prior to the activity, set the stage for the inquiry by discussing the following questions and inviting kids to make a prediction:

  • Which liquid, water or vinegar, will dissolve the jelly bean colors faster?
  • Do you think the jelly bean colors will dissolve at different rates?
Jelly Bean STEM Rainbow Experiment Liquids

Jelly bean science

All you need for this fun jelly bean experiment are a few simple materials you probabaly already have on hand:

Materials needed:

  • One standard bag of jelly beans (any brand)
  • Two foam or paper plates
  • Two cups (to hold water and vinegar)
  • 1 c. water and 1 c. vinegar
  • Stopwatch or timer
  • One printable recording sheet for documentation of learning
  • Pencil or Marker
Jelly Beans and Water STEM Activity for Kids

Science experiment with jelly beans

  • Invite kids to arrange the jelly beans in a color pattern around the edge of a paper plate (kids can use ALL colors in the bag to pattern with or choose only 2-3 jelly bean colors if desired).
  • After the jelly beans are arranged (this is a great fine motor activity for younger kids), choose one of the liquids to begin. Pour the liquid slowly onto the center of the paper plate and observe closely as the liquid disperses.
  • Start the timer as soon as all the liquid is poured onto the paper plate.
  • Invite kids to photograph the jelly beans as the colors begin to dissolve and throughout the remainder of the exploration.
    Jelly Bean STEM for Kids Color Dispersement

Jelly bean experiments

  • As soon as all the colors meet in the center of the paper plate, stop the timer.
  • Do the experiment by repeating the steps above with the second liquid ‚Äď invite kids to note any differences they see between the two experiments.
Jelly Bean Rainbow Experiment for Kids

Jelly bean rainbow

Experiment follow-up:

  • What did you observe during the experiment? Kids can look at the photos they took to explain verbally.
  • Did one color of jelly bean dissolve faster than the others?
  • Was your prediction correct?
  • Did you like the experiment?
  • What would you do differently if you could do the experiment again.

Jelly bean science preschool

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Spring Alphabet Printables

This super cute, handson digraph activity is a fun way for early readers to identify digraphs for kids! In these flower digraph games students will make flowers by matching the petals to the digraph. This digraph kindergarten is way better than boring digraph worksheets! Simply print pdf file with  digraph activities for first grade.  Spring Digraph Puzzles flower sight-word-mazes FREE Spring Short I Puzzles - this is such a fun way for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade kids to practice short i words while improving early literacy skills with a fun activity #shorti #kindergarten #literacy

Spring Language Arts

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Spring Math Activities

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Spring Math Activity

bingo marker spring worksheets  FREE Fruit Loop Color Matching Umbrellas Celebrate the first day of spring by printing out one of these super cute, FREE Printable Bookmarks. These are such an easy way to get kids excited about reading! Kids will be come confident in their artist abilities as they work through these easy, free printable, SPRING Step by Step Drawings for Kids. These are perfect for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd grade students. The drawing worksheets include how to draw a bee, bird, birdhouse, flower, tulip, butterfly, caterpillar, ladybug, nest, and umbrella.

Spring Printables

 This beautiful butterfly craft for kids helpds kids explore science by making stunning chromatography butterflies! This easy butterfly craft is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Besides creating a fun butterfly craft idea, you will learn about chromatography for kids. This is a fun coffee fitler craft, spring science experiment or summer activity for kids! Teach electricity for kids with this fun lemon clock project. In this lemon electricity experiment children will discover how acidic lemon juic conducts electricity. WOW your children with this lemon experiment is fun for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. Keep reading to find out how to make a lemon clock at home! Helping children gras the concept of solid liquid gas for kids is tricky - students learn best by seeing and touching and you can't do either with gas. This states of matter for kids project allows you to EASILY introduce  the 3 states of matter for kids using balloons! This solid liquid gas kindergarten, pre-k, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and up is perfect for summer learning, science lesson, and more. WE've also included a wy to turn this into a density experiment for kids as well!Plus don't miss the printable states of matter worksheet pdf to explore the concept further! Even your reluctant learner will get excited to try this easy science experiment where you will product a HUGE erruption! In this classic Mentos and Soda Experiment you will mix a couple simple materials to produce a chemical reaction. This mentos in Coke project is a MUST TRY for kids of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. Even adults love trying the coke and mentos experiment. Don't worry, we'll give you the diet coke and mentos experiment results explained so you get all the learning out of this fun summer activity for kids!

Spring Science

These science projects and spring science experiments are perfect for indoor or outdoor!

Plant Life Cycles for kids  parts of a plant flipbook   Here is a fun way to turn a trip to the zoo into a fun, educational sceince field trip! These zoo field trip worksheet will help your kids to explore the zoo more in-depth.  We've included zoo animals worksheet for first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Plus preschool zoo activities including zoo coloring pages perfect for toddler, preschool, and pre-k students. Finally create an animal report where kindergarten and elementary age students can draw animals they see and write down interesting information too. Simply print pdf file with zoo animal printables and you are ready to play and learn!

Spring Science Worksheets

These free science printables are a grea way to learn about the parts of a plant, plant life cycles, animal life cycles, to take along as zoo field trip worksheets, and more!

If you are looking for ideas for cute homemade bird feeders you have come to the right spot. We have LOTS of clever bird feeders to make with kids. From pinecone, milk jug, and suet DIY bird feeder ideas to bird feeder crafts too. These easy bird feeders include lots of projects for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. The hardest part is figuring out which DIY bird feeder for kids to make first! bubble-wrap-rain-craft-for-spring Kids of all ages will have fun making this cheerful Bunny Craft perfect for springtime or as an easter bunny crafts. You will love the clever way this toilet paper roll bunny uses a paper roll in a completely different way than most bunny crafts for preschoolers!  This easter craft for kids is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students.  pasta butterfly craft

Spring Crafts for Preschoolers

Your kids are going to want to try these fun springtime craft projects.

Name printable flower craft We came up this fun twist on spin art paint to make a beautiful flower craft for kids. This spring craft is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students. Children will love that this process art project makes a one-of-a-kind design perfect for making pretty flower crafts for prsechoolers. These coffee filter flowers preschool make truly beautiful flower projects for spring!These EASY Mason Jar Lid Crafts are such a fun, beautiful flower summer craft that is fun-to-make and simply stunning! This flower crafts for kids will keep your favorite flowers preserved to enjoy all summer long. Make this mason jar lid suncatcher with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders.  So grab some flowers and start making these crafts using mason jar lids. 

Flower Crafts for Kids

Looking for a fun summer activity for kids? You are going to love blowing colorful snake bubble. This sock bubbles activity is super simple and such an easy summer activity idea for toddlder, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. It takes blowing bakcyard bubles to a new level making long, colorful snakes with a simple technique using a sock and a plastic bottle. You've got to try this bubble snake experiment. Looking for a fun, engaging pasta craft? This pretty stained glass pasta project has so many different possibilities to let your children explore their creativity, create something unique and beautiful, and strengthen coordination with those little hands. In this pasta art you will use dyed pasta to creat a beautiful stained glass craft. This stained glass art for kids is perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders.Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply print free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. Homemade Bubble Solution for GIANT Bubbles - simple and amazing diy bubbles recipe for toddler, preschool, and children of all ages for fun summer activities for kids. A must add to your summer bucket list

Spring Activities for Kids

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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