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Everything you need for a brilliant discussion on the different jellybean colours you can discover in one packet. Twenty-one beautiful colour jellybean photographs for those maths sessions where you are not able to use real jellybeans. And using photographs is more hygenic!

Think about how many jellybeans mights be in the whole pack? What estimation strategies work best for you? Which colour appears to be the most common? The least common? Which colour jellybean do you like to eat the most? I love black jellybeans but they are always amongst the  least plentiful colours.

What might a jellybean graph look like? How can you transfer a graph made from jellybeans to a workbook page? e.g. Will you draw in all the jellybeans? Use a colour code and dots or squares? Will you use any grid paper? What scale will you use/ How will you label your grid? What title will you give it?

Do all packets of jellybeans have the same numbers and colour combinations? How can you find out? e.g. Every class could investigate the contents of one packet of jellybeans. You can collect all the data you can from your class to share and compare  at a whole school assembly.

What questions can you ask each other about your jellybean discoveries? Why doesn’t the maker of the jellybeans put in equal colour numbers? When were jellybeans invented? Where? Who invented them? Why were they invented? Why might they be a bean shape and not a sphere or a cube shape?