Easter Activity For Kids - Flowerpot Filled With Lollipops.

Easy Easter Activity For Kids – Grow a Lollipop Garden

Easter egg hunts may be the most popular event of the season, but there’s always room for more fun activities for the kiddos. Make this season truly magical with an Easter activity for kids that is sure to impress – planting a lollipop garden!

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Planting a Lollipop Garden Is a Simple Easter Activity for Kids

Planting a lollipop garden is a super simple Easter activity for kids and is perfect for springtime. Unlike Easter egg hunts, the kids do the prep work for you, so you can skip stuffing Easter eggs. 

You just give kids a handful of jelly beans to “plant”, wait until they drift off to sleep and replace the jelly beans with lollipops. 

I daresay it doesn’t get much easier than that!

And since Spring is the time of growth and renewal, planting a lollipop garden is a seasonally appropriate activity. It also provides kids with a lighthearted introduction to gardening without overwhelming them. 

Close Up of Jelly Beans With Suckers and Flower Pots in Background.

The Evolution of the Lollipop Garden

I first discovered this Easter activity when my oldest daughter was 2 years old. And let me tell you, it did not fail to impress. She had a lot of fun planting her jelly beans, and she was absolutely over the moon to find that her jelly beans – something she had planted – had grown to full-blown lollipops overnight! 

Even so, the way that I have approached this activity has changed through the years. 

The first several times we did this activity, the kids simply put their jelly beans in the yard. Later that night I would trek out into the yard and stick lollipop sticks into the ground where the jelly beans were originally planted. 

However, it was sometimes difficult to locate where the jelly beans were located in the yard. Especially in the dark. There’s a good possibility that I freaked out my neighbor one night frantically searching for jelly beans in the yard with a flashlight. 

After that, I took things one step further and had the girls decorate popsicle sticks to act as their garden markers. This added another creative element to the activity that they enjoyed, and it reinforced the garden theme. 

In more recent years, we’ve even painted rocks to mark the jelly bean locations. 

This year, I thought it would be a cool variation to plant an indoor garden in pots. And I have to say, I am a big fan of this adaptation.

Two Flowerpots Filled With Lollipops Surrounded By Jelly Beans and Shredded Paper.

Supplies for Planting Lollipop Flowers in Pots

Planting lollipops in flowerpots does require a couple more supplies than planting outside straight into the ground, but most of us keep these supplies on hand. Depending on the selection of your local store and the time of year, all of these items are easily picked up on the cheap at Dollar Tree. 


  • Jelly beans – Any color or flavor will do. 
  • Lollipops – Again, any kind will do. I usually use Dum-Dums or Tootsie Pops. One particularly ambitious year I used flower-shaped lollipops. They looked adorable and the girls were tickled pink. 
  • Flowerpot(s) – I love terra cotta pots, but any kind will do. 
  • Dried beans – I used a combination of pinto and black beans to simulate the color of dirt.
Close Up of Candy For Lollipop Garden - Variety of Suckers and Starburst Jelly Beans.

Planting a Lollipop Garden in Flowerpots

The first thing you’ll do for this lollipop garden is prep the flowerpots by filling them with dried beans. As an option, you could add a foam block to your pot before filling it with beans, but this isn’t necessary.

Provide your child with jelly beans and let them plant in their pots. Then encourage your little one to place their pot in a sunny area since plants need sunlight to grow. 

Once they’ve fallen asleep, scoop out the jelly beans and replace them with lollipops of your choice. 

In the morning, watch their faces light up at the sight of their lollipop flowers! It is just so magical for them 🙂 

Overhead Shot Of Flower Pot Filled With Dried Beans. Next to Shredded Paper, Books and Flowerpots.
Overhead Shot Of Jelly Beans Planted In Flowerpot of Dried Beans. Next to Books and Flowerpot.

Tips and Tricks

  • Take this Easter activity for kids even further by letting them paint and decorate their flower pots before planting their jelly beans. They can then plant flowers or herbs in their very own pot!
  • Let these lollipop gardens double as decor for your Easter get-together. They would look adorable as centerpieces for your table or in a place of honor on the mantle. 
  • Over the Easter candy? I get it. Instead of jelly beans, give your kiddo some grains of rice to plant. Skip the lollipops and replace them with carrots with the tops on them. The kids will get a kick out of pulling their carrots out of the pots, and it’ll provide some relief from all of the candy associated with the holiday.
Close Up of Flowerpot Filled With Various Lollipops. Another Pot of Lollipops in Background.

Whether you take the jelly bean gardening outside or elect to plant in pots indoors, this Easter Activity for kids is guaranteed to be a hit. I hope your littles enjoy this lollipop garden as much as mine have! 

Wishing you the happiest of Easters!

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