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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Human Beans - Kickstarter campaign

I am re-blogging the Human Beans article below for a blogger friend, Tracy Jackson. 

Human Beans are an interesting idea that goes beyond simple M&M's that all taste the same even though they are colored differently. 

These jelly beans are flavored differently than what you would expect by their color. 

These can be used to stimulate dialog toward racial justice in the way that Lee Mun Wah's "What Stands Between Us: Racism Conversation Flash Cards" are used.

Check out her suggestions and her Kickstarter campaign below.

The Quick, Easy and Fun Way to Talk to Kids about Diversity
In every child’s life there comes a moment where they accept or reject others based on the way someone looks or acts. Perhaps you remember an occasion when someone did this to you? Let’s face it, we're all different, one-of-a-kind, and it’s imperative that we learn to embrace the unique qualities in both ourselves and others.
For me, teaching diversity is a passion. I know how it feels to be excluded and judged, so I devised a simple method to teach children to embrace what makes each of us unique. I call it, Human Beans. Human Beans are a gourmet jelly bean treat that encourages simple conversations powerful enough to stop bullying in its tracks.
Here’s how it works:
#1: Open a Bag of Conversation

Nothing is more natural than sharing a treat with your child.  When you tear into a package of Human Beans, you open a simple platform for talking to your child.  You see, Human Beans are just like people.  They come in different colors but you can’t really determine what’s on the inside simply by looking at the outside.  You have to get involved and actually experience the bean to know its flavor.
#2: Choose a Bean, Any Bean

Take time to ask your child which bean is his/her favorite. Ask how they choose the bean. What flavor do they think it will taste like? Why? Have them eat their bean.
Once the discussion gets rolling you can chat about friends or neighbors who may look different from you on the outside but are very similar on the inside. Human Beans come in six colors and twelve flavors all mixed up in one lovable bag. Just like the people in your life! Take a moment to talk about differences and similarities and how sometimes people think a person is one way just by how they look (act, think or feel). Just like Human Beans, we don't know anything about a person without experiencing them first.
#3 Spill the Beans

Simple conversations lead to life changing ones. Once your child understands the concept of diversity, encourage them to share the lesson with their friends. Human Beans can teach children about respecting others, appreciating differences and standing up for others.
Regardless of how you choose to use these suggestions, don’t just sit on the idea and forget about it.  Put it to good use so your kids can learn to embrace both themselves and others, which is what every parent wants right?  Of course! 
Tracy Jackson is a military wife and mother to three girls, social justice advocate and veteran entrepreneur that is passionate about diversity and teaching children to love themselves and others. For more details on Human Beans, please check out her Kickstarter project and help make the world a little sweeter!
Thank you for the consideration!
For more information, please contract Tracy Jackson:
Direct phone: 405-426-9706

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