Grab these Easter sequences preschool unplugged coding activity worksheets to practice sequencing today and finish writing sequences with jelly beans!
We love jelly beans and always try out the really weird flavors just for fun, so I made these sequence coding worksheets to work on pattern recognition with my toddler who is absolutely a future engineer and kid coder!
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Did you know that Easter is the biggest candy holiday of the year? I thought Halloween was the top before I managed a major retail store and had to figure out the logistics of Easter candy pallets.
The amount of jelly beans sold is unreal! According to CandyStore.com, there are over 16 billion jelly beans manufactured annually!! That’s enough to circle the Earth three times if they were placed end to end!
National Jelly Bean Day is April 22nd!
CandyStore.com compiled jelly bean sales data from the last 10 years and produced this map that shows the top jelly bean flavor for every state.
Source: 10+ years bulk candy sales data from CandyStore.com.
Jelly Belly Warehouse Tour
In true jelly bean fan form, we’ve visited the Jelly Belly Warehouse in Wisconsin! My favorite part (other than eating jelly beans!) was all of the jelly bean art. This was back when we had only two little kid coders running around this house!
Why are Unplugged Coding Activities Important?
Unplugged coding activities are designed to build the foundation of coding. These activities are essentially games and activities that teach children how to think logically about objects, how to break down large tasks into smaller tasks that are easier to complete, and how to identify errors.
Working hands-on makes coding concepts tangible and unplugged coding activities are ideal for young coders. Unplugged coding activities are pretty easy to set up. We recently used basic coding concepts to code artwork!
Why Teach Preschoolers to Code?
Teaching toddlers and preschoolers to think like a computer programmer only strengthens their ability to interact and make logical connections with computers as they grow.
Unplugged coding activities offer parents and educators a unique opportunity to get children as young as 2 started with logical thinking activities without the need for a computer.
My toddler could work an iPhone at 6 months old, so why not teach her coding at 2yrs old? With activities like these, she is well on her way to thinking like a computer programmer, which opens a whole new world of possibilities for her as she grows and explores careers.
As a girl who can code, I want my girls to understand that careers in technology are available to them!
How are Sequences involved in Coding?
Sequences help children to recognize patterns that make the world around them more understandable and predictable. Sequences are one of the three basic structures in programming along with selections and loops.
With these three structures, any task can be diagrammed. In a sequence, an action leads to another action that follows in a predetermined order or pattern.
Not only is sequencing an important concept to learn for coding, but it is also incredibly important for identifying components in stories by sequencing events.
Easter Sequences Supplies
- Jelly Bean Sequences Workbook (Grab this at the end of the post!)
- Jelly Beans
- Bingo Daubers (optional)
- Stickers (optional)
How to Use the Jelly Bean Sequences Coding Worksheet
To write the Easter sequences, you can use jelly beans or use bingo daubers to match the colors of the objects. We like to use dry erase pocket sleeves for our worksheets in order to protect them or use dry erase markers with them. In the workbook, there are three different worksheets of sequencing to work on!
SOME BOOKS TO READ WITH YOUR ACTIVITY
We love incorporating books into our activities. Here are some great books about coding to read with your activity!
- Lauren Ipsum: A Story About Computer Science and Other Improbable Things by Carlos Bueno
- Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers? The Story of Ada Lovelace by Tanya Lee Stone
- Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding by Linda Liukas
- How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk
- Coding the Way Unplugged STEAM Activity
- Candy Heart Coding Unplugged Coding Activity for Preschoolers
- Get Your Kids Coding With Osmo
- Crack the Code & Binary Code 5-Bit Challenge
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Meet Toni, the Maker Mom behind Our Family Code
Hey there, I’m Toni! I’m a software engineer and Maker Mom that finds my joy in unleashing my children’s curiosity by exploring STEAM concepts with my fantastic five!
When I’m not chasing toddlers or raising tweens, you can find me tearing things up and putting them back together over here at Our Family Code.
I am the owner and content creator of multiple educational websites designed to increase access to STEAM & STEM education with a focus on teaching computer science and coding to kids of all ages!
You can also find out more about me by visiting ToniGardner.com!