May Day – Magic Jelly Beans

We did this last year. However my photos from doing this last year are terrible. Because I just used a point and shoot and some of it was done in the dark. HAHA

Anyways– My youngest is looking forward to doing this again. She can’t wait to grow her magic jelly beans.

We take the beans and we put them in our pot to grow. (On April 30th) and on May Day (May 1st) her magic jelly beans have grown into something amazingly sweet.

Just a simple bucket of wheat grass and I have her drop her jelly beans “seeds” down into the grass. The next day it grows into a wonderful “sweet” flower….

I know it’s kind of far-fetched but she LOVED IT and can’t wait to do it again. However this May Day is almost  too close to Easter. So many holidays this year back to back that we do something for.

Her flower which I am sure you can tell what it is…

I purchase them at my local drug store for 1.00

I hate to remove the paper and sticker. So I hide it with a punched out cardstock that is scalloped.

Then the next day when she wakes up her seeds have grown.  (I simply remove them and stick in the sucker.

Then I talk to her about why we have May Day.

In case you were not familiar with May day- Wikipedia describes it as : May 1st –  May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. The basket giver would ring the bell and run away. The person receiving the basket would try to catch the fleeing giver. If they caught the person, a kiss was to be exchanged.

So by us exchanging the seeds for the  candy flower for my kidlets, we try not to get caught. My kids probably don’t want a basket of flowers on their door. However we do make flowers to give away to family and that will be for another post. 🙂


I have included the printable I use for my daughter. Simply cut it out along the outside and fold and tape/glue the packet together. Slip in your “magic” beans 🙂

Would appreciate any comments and/or you to LIKE us on our Facebook page here if you like this project/freebie 🙂


36 Responses to May Day – Magic Jelly Beans
  1. Laura @ Our House Of Joyful Noise
    April 20, 2011 | 10:02 am

    I remember this from last year, MB, and I LOVED it! My kids are a little old to fall for it for a second, but it would still be fun. We do go ALL out for May Day, putting together and delivering baskets to the doors of several older folks we know. The kids love getting baskets ready, and the thrill of running and trying not to get caught. The older folks feel thought of and loved, although they may or may not know by who. (I think after all the years we have done this, some of them know it’s us by now. lol).
    I finally JUST got that new printer, BTW! lol

  2. Cathy B
    April 21, 2011 | 7:54 pm

    This is so cute! How original as well. I can’t wait to try it with my girls. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kristina
    April 21, 2011 | 10:20 pm

    Such a marvelous idea! Do you have some magic beans that grow chocolate?

  4. somedaycrafts
    April 22, 2011 | 10:53 am

    I LOVE this activity. We did with our kids last year! Now, I can have a cute download to go with it! Thanks SO MUCH!!!! I am featuring this at Grab my “featured” button.

  5. C&MB
    April 22, 2011 | 11:37 am

    Thanks!!! I added the button. I am honored you featured this project!! 😀

  6. Crystal
    April 22, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I already have my seed packet printed. This is going to be so fun!!

  7. Tracy
    April 22, 2011 | 9:31 pm

    What an adorable idea – full of fun and creativity! thanks for sharing. Happy Easter!

  8. kelly
    April 22, 2011 | 9:33 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! Way too cute! I can’t wait to try this with my kids!

  9. Lorri Mason
    April 23, 2011 | 8:07 am


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  11. TidyMom
    April 23, 2011 | 10:54 am

    SO SO cute!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post on my wrap up!

    Happy Easter!

  12. C&MB
    April 23, 2011 | 11:18 am

    Thank you so much!!! 🙂 Very exciting!! Happy Easter to you too!

  13. Kelsey
    April 23, 2011 | 11:58 pm

    What an awesome idea! I would love to feature it on my blog this week if you are interested. My boys are 3 1/2 and 2 – they would LOVE this!

    Please email me and let me know 🙂

  14. Katy Lunsford
    April 24, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    I would have { L O V E D } this as a child! This is so neat!

  15. marge Bowman
    April 24, 2011 | 5:16 pm

    I LOVE this! I don’t have small kids anymore, but am saving this for my grandkids someday!!! so cute!

  16. kelly
    April 24, 2011 | 8:15 pm

    We did this last night! It was so magical at our house this morning! Thanks a ton for sharing this!

  17. theresa forge
    April 24, 2011 | 9:29 pm

    This is such a cute idea!! I cannot wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  18. kelly
    April 27, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    I wanted to let you know that I posted our pics and blogged about our beans 🙂

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  20. shannon
    March 5, 2012 | 12:02 am

    That is such a cute idea! I will have to make these for my grandkids! Thanks so much!!

  21. Kyla
    March 9, 2012 | 12:26 am

    Thank you SO much for this I”ve been looking for one EVERYWHERE!

  22. Holly
    March 25, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Thank you so much for generously sharing your seed packet with us. I have seen other instances where they just wrap them in cellophane, but this is way cuter. Also, others I have seen plant them in the yard; I much prefer your idea of keeping the food indoors (away from the ants) by using a pot. great ideas!

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  24. Laurie @ Gallamore West
    April 3, 2012 | 9:36 pm

    Super cute idea!!
    Laurie 🙂

  25. terry
    April 4, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    love this little box–ty

  26. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill
    April 4, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    This is so sweet…thanks for sharing!

  27. Kellie
    April 5, 2012 | 9:40 am

    so clever! thanks for sharing 🙂

  28. Diane
    April 6, 2012 | 7:12 pm

    What a CUTE idea! I remember as a child making woven paper baskets and filling them with wildflowers to surprise neighbors. Thanks so much for the magic jelly bean seed container- I’m going to do this with my grandchildren.

  29. The Partiologist
    April 9, 2012 | 9:06 am

    What a fantastic idea – thanks for sharing!

  30. Bluebell
    February 21, 2013 | 10:44 am

    Thank you soooo much for sharing this, I can’t wait to do this with my daughter.

  31. Nancy
    February 25, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    This is too cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Deb B
    March 10, 2013 | 10:02 am

    Love this! I have 3 small grandchildren and am going to make these for them. We try to do something for every special day. This is the first time they will have something for themselves on Mayday, we always do Mayday baskets for others.

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