This Jelly Bean Experiment is so much fun and very easy to set up!
Jelly Bean Experiment
Not only is this a fun experiment, but there are many opportunities for children to learn.
When setting up this experiment, you will need:
- jelly beans
- sturdy, white plastic plates
- Experiment worksheets
To complete this activity, we sorted out our jelly beans into colour groups. This is a great way for young learners to review their colours!
Give each learner their own plate, or each group their own plate. Have them decide on what type of pattern they will use before lining the jelly beans along the outside of the rim of the plate. The jelly beans should be touching, making a circle around the plate.
Let each learner complete the worksheets with their thoughts before they proceed with the experiment.
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When ready to proceed, depending on the age of the learners, either they or you pour a small amount of water into the middle of the plate – until it is about ½ up the side of the jelly beans.
Sit and watch to see what happens, without touching the plates.
After a minute or two, the colours will start to streak and make a design, depending on the pattern the children created with the jelly beans.
After a few more minutes, talk about what has happened and finish off the worksheets.
As per the picture above, you can see the colours start to rub off the jelly beans, creating a cool rainbow type look in the water.
This experiment could be left overnight to see what happens to the jelly beans.
Give each child or group of children the correct science experiment worksheets for the activity you are doing. In the printable pack, you will receive worksheets that can be used for multiple different jelly bean experiments, which are:
- Setting up the jelly beans in a circle on a plate, adding water and seeing what happens.
- Setting up the jelly beans, one colour per plate or cup, and adding water to see what happens.
- Setting up the jelly beans in a circle on a plate, adding a different liquid per plate and seeing what happens.
- Setting up the jelly beans, one colour per plate or cup, adding a different liquid to each plate or cup to see what happens.