I wanted something out in the hallway that would get ALL of my students excited about the upcoming show and get them thinking about jellybeans. So, I created this bulletin board to drive their interest and get them involved. The main idea was this phrase, "The World Would Be So Boring If Every Jellybean Were Exactly The Same." I would explain this to my classes and would say, "Would you want a jellybean jar that was completely full of just red beans?" They would generally say, "NO! That's too boring!" We would talk about how jellybeans were awesome because there were so many different kinds and flavors. Jellybeans are great because of their differences. With that background I headed to the copier!
Beans for Everyone! Color, Cut Out, Put on the Wall.
I took all the beans and (with the help of a couple 4th graders) taped them all up on the wall surrounding the main bulletin board. It looks so amazingly cool and I still catch kids walking down the hall and stopping to stare at the variety and try to find their own bean. I usually put a class of little student beans near the larger "teacher" beans so that kids are able to find their bean if they want.
I used a couple of big pieces of foam board to create the hanging jellybean jars on either side of the bulletin board. All I did was trace out the outline of a jar, shade in the edges, and then cut out a "lid" to put on the top. I printed out some big jellybeans in the colors that I wanted and pasted them to each jar: one to represent a jar of beans that were all the same color and a jar to represent beans with lots of different colors. I tied string to two of the corners and suspended them on top of the bulletin board, anchoring them to the wall with 3m hooks. I did this so they would "pop" off the wall and give a 3d effect.
Check it out HERE!