It’s Bean Day! Let the Good Times Roll!
TODAY IS BEAN DAY, and for me, that makes it really special, because I have a granddaughter we affectionately call Bean. Indie is 11 years old and an awesome kid, if I do say so myself. She is a free spirit, expressing herself with purple hair and an incredibly great attitude. (The picture above is before she had purple hair, but you can definitely see the character she is anyway.)
However, you probably don’t have a family member named Bean, so for you, I’ve got a lot of bean-related ideas to celebrate.
Movie: The Milagro Beanfield War
To start out, take a look at The Milagro Beanfield War, a movie that was released in 1988. If you haven’t seen it, today is the perfect day to catch up on this Robert Redford-directed comedy-drama based on John Nichols’ book of the same name.
Truchas, New Mexico is the location for the film’s fictional rural town of 426 called Milagro, with a predominantly Hispanic and Catholic population. The film centers around one man’s struggle as he contends with much larger business and state political interests, defending not only his own beanfield, but his town as well.
TV Series: Mr. Bean Goes to Town
This is the fourth episode in the Mr. Bean series, starring Rowan Atkinson, the enigmatic comedian who has little to say but lots to send you into hysterical laughter. Following in the footsteps of comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Atkinson is able to bring to life an uproarious character that will steal your heart and keep you coming back for more.
Game: Don’t Spill the Beans
If you can hold on to a handful of beans while you somersault, you could win this relay.
For: For kids over 7 years, youths and adults.
Intensity level: High
Preparations: None or not specified.
Equipment: two large bags of dry beans, two large bowls
Divide the group into two equal teams. Players line up behind each other at the starting line, where two large bags of dry beans have been placed. The first player on each team reaches into the bag and grabs one handful of beans. When the host shouts “Go!” the first players begin somersaulting toward the finish line. Walking, running or jumping are not allowed. Upon crossing the finish line, each player puts his beans in a large team bowl, then runs back to the starting line to tag the next teammate in line, who then repeats the bean grab and somersaulting action. The first team to get all of their players across the finish line and back receives one extra handful of beans in their bowl. The beans are then counted and the team with the most beans collected wins.
Bean Recipes: All the Bean Recipes You Can Ever Use
Beans are healthy, delicious, and cheap. Maybe THAT’S why they’re called the magical fruit…or not. Whatever, here is a slideshow of delicious bean recipes that will make your mouth water.
25 Bean Crafts for Kids
Looking for a way to celebrate Bean Day with your kids? Then you’ve come to the right place, because Playideas.com has 25 different, engaging crafts to share with your kids. Whether you want to incorporate learning into the crafts, like this one where little kids can match lettered beans to cupcake liners, or making unique scenes from a variety of beans, you’ll find plenty of inspiration here.
Game: The Bean Game
Managing money means making choices. There is never enough money available for all of the things we’d like to have or do. This game will help you decide what is most important to you.
I hope these ideas have given you enough incentive to celebrate Bean Day with me! I know that I’ll be giving Indie-Bean a call to wish her a happy day, and maybe she’ll celebrate her special day with some of the games, recipes, or movies I’ve gathered together.
However you choose to recognize this hilarious holiday of Bean Day, I wish you the best and hope it is a merry time of celebration for you and your loved ones!