Toys inside jello… that’s awfully silly, but a whole lot of fun! For the last Art in the Park meetup, I decided to bring some pre-made jello molds with mega blocks, stacking cups, sea shells, and baby food lids stuck inside. I put them in buckets with shovels and cups. At first, the children poked the jello. Soon after, though, they dug right in! The kids tasted the jello, stirred it in cups, scooped it, and one mom even helped her child stand in it as if the child was squishing grapes. Ten children attended, and we all had a blast. This was probably my favorite activity yet! Feel free to try this one on your own!
What Do You Need to Make the Jello Molds?
2 boxes (8 packets) of Knox Gelatin, unflavored
Cold and Hot Water
1 drop of food coloring for each mold
Plastic toys for inside the jello
4 tupperware containers of different shapes and sizes
When making the jello molds, follow the directions but double the ingredients because you are making two boxes of Knox Gelatin. The reason I suggest unflavored Knox Gelatin, is so that if children eat it, they aren’t ingesting a ton of sugar. When the ingredients say juice, just use water instead. To add color to your jello, evenly disperse the liquid jello into the containers, and then drop one or two drops of the food coloring in to each tupperware. Put the toys in last, and then place your filled containers in the fridge for at least three hours.
What Do You Need to Play with the Jello After It’s Ready?
A Cooler, if you are bringing the jello molds to the park
Knife and Spoon (for adults only) to get the jello out of the molds
Shovels (I don’t suggest spoons – you don’t want the children to think it’s food)
Shower Curtain to sit on if the grass is wet
What else could you hide in the jello molds? I wonder if flowers would l hold well in a mold and look intriguing to the children. If the children are older, they could help you make the mold, or decide what to place inside of the jello. Let them be creative! As always I encourage you to recreate this activity in a park near you. I would love to hear your ideas of other unique, educational activities to do with a group of children. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!