One hand with beans in the palm as seen in fun large group ice-breaker game called Jelly Bean Trade game

Jelly Bean Trade

Fun ice-breaker that offers a sweet incentive to mix.

  • Great mixing activity
  • Ideal for sweet-tooths
  • Very simple
  • Fast-paced
  • Non-threatening


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Comments (1)

  1. Erin

    I used M&Ms. We discovered that the distribution of colors is not equal (there are more blue, green, and orange than red, yellow, or brown). This lead to a situation where kids were unable to complete their set because so many others had completed their sets with the same color. It led to an interesting discussion about distributions and why that might be the case and graphing.

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