Jelly Bean Stack

How many jellybeans can you fit on a spoon?
1 spoon per team
small container of Jellybeans per team

1. Break the group into even teams. About 3-4 players per team works well.
2. Seat them in a circle on a clean playing surface (a table cloth, parachute, bed sheet, towel, etc.)
3. Give each team a spoon and a small container of jellybeans.
4. Let each player have 3 jellybeans to eat, so no one is tempted to steal them during the game.

How to Play

1. On "Go" the first player picks up the spoon, takes a jelly bean, places it on the spoon, and then gently passes the spoon to the next player.
2. Continue this pattern around and around the circle.
3. The object is to fill the spoon with jellybeans one by one without knocking the jellybeans off. You can set a certain number (something divisible by the number of players per team - say 25 for a team of 5) that they must achieve. If they achieve that number then each player receives 5 jellybeans to eat.
4. If the jellybeans fall in the process of being passed or placed, whomever is holding the spoon receives no jellybeans.
5. Everyone else scatters frantically for the fallen jellybeans.
6. Play as many rounds as you like.


Change the candy to fit the theme...
1. Candy corn for Halloween
2. Popcorn for Movie Night
3. Skittles for Rainbow
4. M&M's for Hanukkah

Activity Length
5 - 15 minutes
Either/or (can be played either way)
Easy peasy (fun and simple)
Mess Factor
Dustpan, please
Noise Level
Number of Players
3 to 4
5 to 10
10 to 20
Prep Time
5 minutes or less
Space Needed
Small (a clearable open space the size of a 1-car garage)
Team Division
Teamwork! (divide into teams)