J is for Jelly Bean (Alternative)

I have received several requests from public school teachers to give an alternative to my J is for Jesus due to religious restrictions placed on them. I hesitated to do this as I view my blog as a ministry to help spread the love of Jesus to my readers, and J is for Jesus is my favorite letter set! However, after much prayer I’ve decided to go ahead move forward. I do understand your restrictions and pray that my curriculum bless your classrooms.

–> Download J is for Jelly Beans Alternative <–

(If you have trouble downloading, try to RIGHT click on the above link, then select “SAVE LINK AS”. You will then be prompted to save the file to your hard drive.)

Jelly Bean Graphing: Using real jelly beans, give your students a jar full and have them sort them on the chart based on color. Once finished they can fill in the most/least colors as well.


Jelly Bean Coloring: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they’re called Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers. They’re shorter and easier for her to use. These pictured are chubby markers, they also make a skinny version. I got mine at Wal-mart.


Jelly Bean Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with J! Some ideas: jar, junk mail, jelly beans.


Jelly Bean Color Puzzles: I cut these little guys out then cut them in half in as many interesting ways as I could think of to make tiny color matching puzzles.


Jelly Bean Letter Match: These cards are to be used with the wooden letter disks please Click here to see the process of making the letters. If you’re looking for more challenge, use the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! (The download includes both upper and lowercase activity cards)


Jelly Bean Capital/Lowercase Sort: Simple, just sort the uppercase and lowercase letters


Jelly Bean Large Floor Numbers: I made these large floor numbers so that we can play a hopscotch type game. I call out a number and she jumps to it! You could also have them put the cards in numerical order.


Jelly Bean Cut-n-Paste: Have students cut out and glue onto blue construction paper to practice scissor skills!


Jelly Bean Cutting: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!


Jelly Bean magnet page: I use it with a cookie sheet and these pom-pom magnets I made from pom-poms and self-sticky magnets from the craft isle in Wal-mart. I also use these magnets from Amazon: Power Magnets, 0.78 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors


Jelly Bean Counting:  Cut out each card, then cut along dotted lines. Have students count dots and match the bottom to the correct number.


Jelly Bean Lacing Card: I make sure to laminate this one for durability, then punch with a hole punch every inch or so for lacing practice. Teach them patterns to do with this as well, like up from the bottom each time, or in-out-in-out sewing. Whatever pattern you can think of.


Jelly Bean Number Cards: I use these with either mini-clothes pins, colored paper clips, or put a hole in them and have her attach chain links to them. This time I made little stars to put on the cards. Whatever you use, just have them put on the correct amount for the number on the card. These are also good for putting in numerical order.


Jelly Bean Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!


Jelly Bean Shape Matchup: Cut out each bean, then cut along dotted lines. Have students match shapes. Discuss shape names as you go.


Click here for a complete list of Letter J ideas!

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  1. Tis is very big of you to do Erica. I love this set! I appreciate how hard this must have been for you to choose to do and I thank you for doing it.As you know I am not a Christian so I couldn't use a lot of the a-z review printables, but I would not have asked you to change it! You really are a lovely person :)xx

  2. Anonymous says:

    Erica it came out so cute! You did good, that shows what a true Christian is all about, you are evangelizing to everyone not only with the material you give us but with your actions which speak louder than pictures and words, God bless you!

  3. Thank you! We do not celebrate religion in our home but I love what you do. My daughter would simply see the baby Jesus as a baby rather than Jesus which would have made things difficult. I've had to make my own J activities for my daughter which are not nearly as nice as yours. I'm happy to be able to add your new ones into the mix.

  4. I love your J is for Jesus set and will use it around Christmas, but the J is for Jellybeans will be a fun week for some other time as a review, so I'll just enjoy both. 🙂

  5. Thank you for sharing your wonderful activities! I have not been able to get a few of the last ones you've posted to open, though. 🙁 Is there a trick?Thanks again for all the time you put in to these activities and for sharing so generously. Thank you for the witness you are, as well.

  6. Thank you for sharing the jelly beans! I can now use both sets…one at school and one at home! Your gift of sharing is with others is a shining example of all that He has taught us. Blessings, Ms. Stacy

  7. Anonymous says:

    Erica, thank you! What you do is incredible! And generous-spirited. And you make it very clear that you are Christian–so it never bothered me to find Christian themed things.As a matter of fact, since I'm Jewish, i went ahead and pasted over the baby with jump ropes on a different one of your activities (starting letter sounds with matching color circles). Once it was glued and laminated, I was set.So, my point is that what you do is FABULOUS and we hope you will continue to do what is in line with YOUR values.–stacey w

  8. That is the blessing of homeschool!!! I am glad you did these though, they turned out very cute! It does make it hard when working with other religions or non religious schools or families!

  9. I am not a Christian. However, I always stop by your blog and Carissa's to read your latest posts on Christianity and Faith as well as to find printables. That being said, I teach my children about most religions and faiths and would definately use the J is for Jesus in a religious studies lesson. I also enjoy Totally Tots too. I fully understand why public school teachers requested an alternative … your printables are beautiful and a wonderful addition to all classrooms / homeschools.

  10. Erica, once again you amaze me! You go above and beyond not only for your family, but for your readers also! You are awesome! Thanks so much for everything you do!

  11. Thanks everyone, glad you like the jelly beans!

  12. Jeanniemb1: I'm not sure what you mean that you can't get to the last ones? The entire Jelly Bean printables are in one zip file this time just to make it easier, so you only have to download it once, just click on the link at the top of this post that says "Download J is for Jelly Beans Alternative" and you should be set!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Erica,I have never commented on your blog before, but I visit it regularly(and I've used a LOT of printables :). I am Muslim, so I appreciate the fact that you respect other faiths and were willing to put so much effort into helping others. Thank you so much for doing this. From what you've posted of your kids, it seems that you and your husband have raised wonderful and intelligent children. May God bless you and your family; and may He help you to continue your kind deeds.Thank you,Raya

  14. THANK YOU!!!!

  15. Thank you for this J addition! Now we can do the jellybean theme during the spring and the Jesus printables as part of our Christmas Unit Study! We are in our second week with your curriculum and 4yr and 2.5yr olds both love it, something for both of their levels!

  16. Thank you very much, Erica. I purchased the entire set for my preschoolers. But, I am having a problem downloading all the Jellybean cards. I have repeatedly tried and each time it only downloads the puzzle. If I have to purchase, please let me know or maybe you can tell me what I am doing wrong? I clicked on each individual card and rec'e the same one each time.Thank you,Nanette at Little Wonders Preschool

  17. TIMALEE: The pictures don't link to the download, sorry. You have to click where it says "CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD" here's the link: put all the Jelly Bean games in one PDF to make it easier. The puzzle is the first page in the PDF, there should be 27 pages in the document you downloaded.

  18. Got it, thank you so much.

  19. muchisimas gracias erica, por los dos set. El de J por Jesus es bellisimo y este tambien. haces un maravilloso trabajo. Dios te bendiga por ayudar a tanta gente!!

  20. Volcan: De nada, me alegro que te guste

  21. Monique says:

    I will use both. 😀
    My daughter is going through her work very quickly,
    so I’ve been using everything you have for LOTW.

  22. I am so thankful for you! Thank you for this reminder to be gracious to others who believe differently than I do- without having to compromise what I believe. Jellybeans are awesome too! Not quite as sweet as Jesus is, but I do love them!

  23. Michelle E. says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your ideas they are great. I am starting the letter Jj and have been trying to download the file. Usually when I download a file it asks me where I want to save it to, but when I try to download this one, it just says “Thank you for downloading J is for Jelly Beans”. But I don’t know where it went or if it saved. Has anyone else had problems with this?? I’ve tried searching my computer but it says no matches to that download. Have any idea??

    Thanks again for sharing your creative ideas with us!! They are great!


  24. Thanks for giving all of us a choice to choose which would be right for our families. LOVE you blog! I just wish you would have included J- do a dot, poke page, and the writing practice pages that come with all the rest of your alphabet. I just went to J is for Jesus and printed them off there. AGAIN THANKS!

  25. Thank you for the alternative “J” option. I would love to use the “J is for Jesus” however cannot at the school that I teach at. I understand why you hesitated to create the alternative, but am very thankful that you did. I also can’t wait to do the “J is for Jesus” set with my own children. Thanks again for all of these great ideas and pages!

  26. Just thought I would let you know first, that people are still using your stuff 🙂 and two, I love it as I do a letter of the week, then a specific word everyday, and am having trouble with J words! I will be using BOTH Jesus and Jellybeans. Thanks!!!!

  27. I also tell the story of Jesus, Jonah and the whale, and Joseph and his coat of many colors
    Just want to thank you for your blog and the many Christian things you do to spread the word!!

  28. Hi Erica, I wanted to let you know that I featured your jelly bean graphing sheet in an Easter segment on FOX’s Morning Blend. It will air on Thursday, April 17. Here is the link to see it after it airs- Happy Easter to your beautiful family!

  29. Hiiii! I just bought the Letter of the Week and the K4 curriculum through a co op. I received the J is for Jesus file for the letter J. I’d love to download the J is for Jellybean file but every time I try to I get an error code. Is there another way to download the file? TIA!!

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