Bright and colorful jelly bean science

Your students will love this multi-sensory science experiment!

After introducing the letter Jj this week, we reinforced our new letter’s sound with some j-j-jelly bean science…


For this activity, each child started with their own cup of assorted jelly beans…

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Sorting by Color

The children then took their cup of jelly beans and sorted them by colors into our re-purposed fruit tray…

Jelly bean science by Teach Preschool

Working Together

The children worked together as a team to get all the jelly beans sorted by color into the trays. It is always super cool to watch the kids concentrating on the process, working together, helping each other, and talking to each other as they go along…

Jelly bean science by Teach Preschool

When all of our cups were empty, we were left with a full tray of beautifully sorted jelly beans…

Jelly bean science by Teach Preschool

Exploring Taste

Along the way, the children were given the opportunity to pick out a few jelly beans from their own cup to taste which gave this process a multi-sensory experience…

Jelly bean science by Teach Preschool

Beginning the Experiment

Once the jelly beans were sorted, each child was invited to choose two or three of one color of jelly bean (from the center tray) to put back into their cups…

Jelly bean science by Teach Preschool

Then the children used the pitchers to add water to their of the cups.  And then they stirred the jelly beans around in the water…

Jelly bean science by Teach Preschool

Making Predictions

As the children stirred their jelly beans around the water, we asked the question, “What do you think will happen if we leave our jelly beans in the water?”

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The children suggested that the water might change color, but after a minute or two of stirring, our jelly beans looked the same and for the most part, so did our water except it did have kind of a film starting to show up…

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Making Observations

The children continued to stir and some of the children were beginning to see a slight change in the color of water but we decided to set our cups up on a shelf while we went outside to play and then come back and observe them later…

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As soon as we came back inside the classroom, the children immediately went over to check on their jelly bean cups.  And you know what?  The water did change color and the jelly beans were beginning to turn white…

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We left the jelly beans in our water overnight and by the next day, the beans were completely white and the water went from clear to a new color. We wondered what would happen to the jelly bean if we left it in the water all week. By the way, some of the children added more than one color of jelly bean to their water so in this case, the water turned to kind of a green color as the candy coated colors dissolved and blended together…

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Why we Love Jelly Bean Science

Needless to say, this jelly bean science experiment was loads of fun with lots of opportunities to ask “what if” questions.  It was also a great experiment for using all of our senses along the way…

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By |2019-02-22T10:27:56+00:00January 18th, 2014|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. menaka January 18, 2014 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Wonderful idea…we can also reinforce numbers while the children put the jelly brand in the jar or take it out…integrated approach.

    • menaka January 18, 2014 at 8:40 am - Reply

      Sorry…jelly beans

  2. Theres Just One Mommy January 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Fun, fun, fun!


  3. RoseMarie January 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Looks like you were having fun.

  4. Jenna April 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Did you discuss why these changes occurred?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm - Reply

      Yes, of course but mostly the kids were interested in what they thought should happen. I just went along with what they seemed most interested in discussing.

  5. FAREEHA April 3, 2014 at 10:06 pm - Reply


  6. Noor Ahmad April 4, 2014 at 3:27 am - Reply

    Lovely Idea…will definitely try it home with my son,

  7. Sara April 21, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Whats the reason? Y did the color actually change

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 21, 2017 at 11:41 pm - Reply

      HI Sara, As mentioned in the post, the color of the water did change as the candy coat dissolved into the water. The purpose of this activity is many: Color Sorting (math); Hypothesizing, testing, discussing the results (science); The use of our sense of taste, smell, touch, sight (Sensory).

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