Mexican Jumping Beans were the rage in the 30's, 40's and 50's. Now they are back: hotter than ever.
Each box contains 3 beans, a bright sticker with one of four Beandito characters. Kids will want to collect all four Beanditos!
Beandito will be selected randomly at time of shipment based on availability.
This amazing little, live bean, the size of your fingernail, has been entertaining and fascinating both young and old alike for more than 50 years, proof enough that they are harmless, yet entertaining natural wonders. It is a member of the TORTRICADAE family. This family is somewhat of a curiosity. A moth, of the Genus and Species Larva, TINEOIDEA/ LASPEYRESIA SALTITANS lays its egg in the flower tree called EUPHORBIACEAE SEBASTIANA PAVONIANA, found only in Mexico. The flower then forms a seedpod around the moth egg. This seedpod serves as a temporary home for "JUMPING BEANDITO". When the early May rains start, the seedpod matures, splits into three parts and falls to the ground. The egg turns into a caterpillar which then consumes the seed inside. The jumping movements are the caterpillar's movements to get to the edible seed. Eventually, the caterpillar will spin a silk cocoon which causes more jumping. It will then go dormant for a short time. It is not dead. Instead, it is going through metamorphosis. It will turn into a tiny, harmless moth that does not pose any danger to either clothes, plants or humans. You can actually watch the small moth emerge. If you should be so lucky as to see a moth hatch, do not worry. It will not harm a thing and it hates the taste of clothes. The moth does not require food. Point it South and let it go, PLEASE!!!!
A happy bean prefers to rest in a cool, dark place when it is not jumping. They also love to travel, so take them along in your shirt pocket. The warmth of your heart will make them bounce. Occasionally, they do like a little drink. So be kind and give them a light mist once a week. They are ideal pets since they don't need to be walked, fed or brushed. PS, They jump best to music!
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But how does this help me? You can use these graphs as a general measure of it's appropriateness for a given age and gender. While this information is generally accurate, it should not be used as an absolute answer. For instance, many dinosaur toys are purchased for boys, however, that doesn't mean that it's inappropriate for a girl who happens to like dinosaurs.
NOTE: The orange color in the charts above indicate ages that are LESS than the manufacturer suggested age. Please purchase at your discretion if your child is younger than 3 years of age.
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Autism
"I don't think my grandson is ready for this product. He shows no interest and is unable to understand that he has to be gentle with such a tiny living creature. This is just what I have observed-another child with the same condition may love the beans... who knows, every kid is different."
Identified Special Needs Challenges: Apraxia
"We went on the internet and got information about jumping beans. It was interesting to learn that they needed to be sprinkled with water to keep them from drying out and that eventually it will become a moth. This gave my granddaughter a job to do and therefore she learned responsibility."
"Our son has brain cancer... partially deaf and paralyzed. He has a short term memory as well as limited mobility. He was a straight A student that was very physically active outdoors. He is still intrigued with nature and anything he can learn about it! This product has completely intrigued him. It doesn't require any care and doesn't require any physical mobility on his behalf. He is fifteen which is a hard age to buy for anyway, and this is something none of his friends have."
Posted 9/25/2014 by Haley Minear
When I researched into "Jumping Beanditos", I was amazed at the science behind them and how the moths partner with a specific tree in nature so that both get new offspring. I keep mine in a Roly Poly Playground and named them after the scientific name of the tree the moths are partnered with. I love how they jump and seem to roll down the slide. They are so fun and relaxing to watch, just like a fist tank without the maintenance.
Posted 9/24/2014 by Alice Hankla
The jumping beans were a hit at an adult birthday party. Some remembered them as a child. The two children at the party were fascinated. I intend to give some to another adult for his birthday.
The paragraph you wrote about their origin and how to get them to jump was a help to get them started. We adults appreciated the knowledge. Thank you for the research.
Freaked out my daughter (in a good way)
Posted 9/11/2012 by Laurie McCabe
I purchased two sets of these and they were in a box that I had sent to my daughter's house. The gifts inside weren't for her family, so she hadn't opened the package; it was waiting for me to arrive in her town.
I received this text: "What the heck are jumping beans and what are they doing in my house?" Apparently, she had spent twenty minutes looking for the source of the scratchy clicky sound in their guest room and she was convinced there was a mouse in the house.
THEN she remembered I had mentioned them being in the box.
She later played the trick on her husband, so it was fun for all!