I can remember being a little girl, sitting in a yellow chair, decked out in my Easter Sunday dress, hat, and gloves, sorting through jelly beans for the jelly bean prayer. For real, I even have the photo to prove it.
Not only did I know this prayer word-for-word, the kids in my Sunday School class could recite it equally enthusiastically. I consider it a treasured memory.
So you can imagine my bewilderment when I was standing in the Target aisle with my children, innocently looking at jelly beans, reciting the jelly bean prayer, when they informed me they had no idea what I was talking about.
“I love the jelly bean prayer,” I declared with Easter gusto. And those sweet little kids who call me mom looked up and said, “What are you talking about, mom? What’s the jelly bean prayer?”
What’s the Jelly Bean Prayer?
Gasp! How on earth could I have failed so miserably as a mother? Haha. I can’t even imagine how my children didn’t know of this sweet little prayer!
I quickly grabbed the nearest bag of jelly beans and told them what each color stood for, “Red is for the blood He gave. Green is for the grass He made…” And on I went teaching in the grocery aisle. We kept practicing (and eating jelly beans) when we got home until they had the truths memorized.
If you’re like me and maybe forgot to teach this sweet little prayer, then I’ve got you covered with these Jelly Bean Prayer printables! You know I love a printable.
The printable fits nicely on a standard-sized party favor bag. (I always print on cardstock for better durability.) Then fold the bag down and fill with the desired amount of jelly beans. Note: you will want to buy the “classic” Brach’s jelly beans. If you buy other brands, check to see if the colors are the same.
How to Use the Jelly Bean Prayer Printable
You can obviously use this with your own kids. You could add it to their Easter basket (or resurrection basket, as I like to call it). Or lead up to Easter Sunday by reciting the prayer over dinner for a couple of weeks until they have it memorized.
You could also use the Jelly Bean Prayer as a fun (and simple!) Easter gift for kids at school or church. Or maybe you want a fun way to invite people to Easter Sunday church service. Make up a few bags and then walk door-to-door inviting your neighbors to church.
However you decide to use it, these are the kinds of things that stick in our minds. These truths could literally be something that your child will remember one day while standing in the Target aisle with their own kids. How crazy is that?!
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Through practical tools & Bible-based resources, Kim Sorgius is dedicated to helping your family GROW in faith so you can be Not Consumed by life’s struggles. Author of popular kid’s devotional Bible studies and practical homeschooling tools, Kim has a master’s degree in education and curriculum design coupled with over 2 decades of experience working with kids and teens. Above all, her most treasured job is mother and homeschool teacher of four amazing kiddos.