Saturday, March 24, 2012

March's reading month / Beans & jelly beans

Happy Spring everyone. On the first day of spring my school wore yellow. We are doing March is reading month events. Some of the examples are; bring your favorite book, read a shirt, read a hat, read a pin, share a poem and read and munch day. Along with secret readers that come in and read a book to the class. Do you do anything special for March’s reading month? I love all the jelly bean activities for Easter but I just don’t trust some of my students not to eat them at the centers. I came up with another way to play them without the jelly beans.
I took beans and colored them to match plastic eggs.
I made sure that the eggs have different amounts of beans in each egg. Check out the pictures for my final product of bean / jelly bean counts.
This way they can open the eggs and add or subtract the two numbers. I have added a recording addition and subtraction sheet to my tpt for free. I just ask that you friend me on my blog or on tpt.


  1. What a great alternative to jelly beans! I've spray painted lima beans before to use in center (one side left white and one side colored) that way the kiddos dump them on a table and write an addition sentence for red plus white for example. But I never thought of using markers or using them in place of jelly beans! Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  2. Love this idea!!! And, Jennifer, I also like the idea of using spray paint!

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