Preparation: To make the beans get a package of dry Lima beans, a box or newspaper, and a spray can of enamel paint.
Put the beans into a box or on a sheet of paper in a well ventilated area. Spread the beans out so they are separated and one side of each will be exposed to the spray. Lightly spray. It is best to spray a bit, stop, and check the results. It is easier to add more paint than deal with drips and blobs. Let them dry.
When the beans dry, they are ready for the students to toss.
Next select the number of beans students will toss and select the appropriate Bean Toss fold book from below.
Sample fold book pattern:
Practice making a book so you can teach students how to cut and fold their personal Bean Toss book.
Have students toss beans and record the results in their books.
When they have completed their books it is fun and interesting to record the class results. The data can be recorded on a chart and students can look for patterns and make predictive and probability statements.