I am always trying to find fun ways to get the kids to practice their math facts and today while standing in line at Walmarts I came up with a fun idea. While waiting in line I saw a package of Bean Boozled and decided that there was a way to use these in my homeschool. If you have never heard of Bean Boozled before they are jelly beans that come in delightful flavors as well as truly nasty concoctions and you never know what you’re going to get, for instance, caramel corn looks identical to moldy cheese. My kids think these are so much fun so I decided to create a math game using these jelly beans to motivate them to get the right answer.

Bean Boozled Math Game

1 Box of Bean Boozled– We only used a 1/4 of the box so you can get several games out of one small 1.6 oz box.

Handful of math facts or math story problems

Game Instructions: Give each player a different math problem to solve and they have 60 seconds to come up with their answer. Whoever gets the right answer gets to pick their own jelly bean from the box. If the player answers incorrectly the jelly bean is chosen for them. If everyone answers the question right then they get to choose a jelly bean for the adult or older child facilitating the game.

Give each player a different math problem to solve and they have 60 seconds to come up with their answer. Whoever gets the right answer gets to pick their own jelly bean from the box. If the player answers incorrectly the jelly bean is chosen for them by the game facilitator aka a parent or older sibling. If everyone answers the question right then they get to choose a jelly bean for the adult or older child facilitating the game.

Rules:

You have 60 seconds only to solve the math problem in your head, no paper is allowed.

You can’t sniff your jelly bean first and you have to take whichever one you touch first.

Jelly bean must be chewed for at least 10 seconds.

This was so much fun and we will be playing this game again in the near future. It was great to see the kids having fun with math problems. Learning should be fun and unfortunately for many kids, math is one of those subjects that often induces tears rather than joy or excitement. Math can be taught and practiced in so many ways so if your little ones are struggling over math worksheets take a break and introduce a fun game or a cooking lesson and incorporate math. Not only will you be giving your kids a special treat but it’s a great opportunity to make special memories.