This past weekend we attended a birthday party where they served jell-o in a cup. Nicky had never had jell-o and was fascinated with the texture and jiggle. So I came up with this really fun clear gelatin and colored spaghetti activity. Let the dissection begin!
- Food coloring
- Clear Gelatin
- Parchment paper
STEP 1: Using three different sauce pans, bring a bit of water to a boil in each. Add a little bit of spaghetti to each pan. When the pasta in almost done cooking, add a few drops of food coloring to each pan using a different color for each. Drain pasta and set aside.
STEP 2: Depending on the jell-o that you buy (I used brand Knox, 1oz box), follow the instructions on the box to make the gelatin.
STEP 3: Place parchment paper inside the bowl as a liner and pour in gelatin mixture. Refrigerate 30 minutes to cool down.
STEP 4: Take out the gelatin from the refrigerator and add in colored pasta. Leave some pasta ends out for pulling later. Refrigerate 4 hours.
STEP 5: Once the gelatin sets, lift the parchment paper up releasing the gelatin from the bowl. Remove parchment paper from gelatin and set on a flat surface.
STEP 6: Instruct the child to remove the spaghetti from the jell-o mold or just let the childs imagination go wild and do as they please :)
Sensory activities can get a bit boring after a while but this one will keep the babies entertained for a while. For older kids, give them some plastic tweeters and plastic scissors to dissect the spaghetti out of the jell-o without disturbing it too much. This activity is suitable for any child 6 months and older. Also an edible activity, not yummy but yes edible :)