A few months ago my husband had a business trip and picked these guys up at one of the AiPpOrT sHoPs. When he held them out to my girls and they began to “JuMp” my first response was, “What’s the catch?” Turns out there is no catch. They actually do “jump”, as there is a LiTtLe WoRm inside that will eventually emerge as a moth. Amazing! In all my years of college science and then in my years of teaching high school science I had not once heard about these incredibly interesting creatures.
My husband also bought the book Lucus and His Loco Beans: A Tale Of The Mexican Jumping Bean by Ramona Moreno Winner which tells a story about a boy and his grandfather hunting for Mexican jumping beans. It also chronicles the life cycle of the LiTtLe CrItTeR. It is a very educational book that introduces Spanish words and gives a science lesson at the same time. I highly recommend it!
Both of my girls took the Mexican jumping beans and the book to school for “ShOw-AnD-TeLL” and it was a HuGe HiT. I even had parents tell me they were so fascinated by the Mexican jumping bean (my girls had given a bean to each classmate to take home) that they looked it up on the internet themselves!
The book and Mexican Jumping Beans can be purchased from Amazon at:
You can learn more about Mexican jumping beans by going to this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican_jumping_bean
P.S. Here’s a little video of the jumping beans!