If you have ever enjoyed jiggling your bowl of Jello as a child, (or even as an adult), then you know how fun Jello is. Today we multiplied the fun by making three batches of Jello, and throwing them into a large, shallow storage container.
Little C, and I made three separate batches of Jello red, clear, and blue, because I wanted this activity to have a summer time, patriotic vibe.
We poured our Jello into cute little molds, hoping to have cute little Jello flowers, hearts, and bugs. Don’t bother! Not only did they not come out looking anything like the molds, but it didn’t make a lick of difference to either one of us what the Jello looked like. Just put the Jello in large cake pans, cut them in quick little squares, and call it a day. Who has time to carefully remove Jello from tiny little molds? I would call that a Pintrest fail, but sadly Pintrest wasn’t the one to blame for that idea.
At first my daughter wasn’t sure what to do with the Jello, other than shake the bucket, and watch it jiggle. She started off by taking a few careful bites, and force feeding me more than my fair share.
Rather than being force-fed an entire bucket of Jello, I had the bright idea to tell her I had a surprise ingredient. I added mini marshmallows, a bucket, and shovel, and it was game on. She instantly knew what to do, and started scooping, and pouring. Our activities often evolve as we go.
Then I threw in a spaghetti jar, and it got really interesting.
We filled the spaghetti jar until it was over flowing, and then she tried scooping it all out with her hand. She soon realized that trying to scoop it out while it was so full, caused the Jello, and marshmallows to overflow, and slide down the sides of the jar.
This started endless games of filling the jar up, then making an overflowing Jello, marshmallow volcano. She would stick her entire arm all the way to the bottom of the jar, and the Jello, and marshmallows were forced out the sides of the jar with crazy squishing, splatting noises, as the marshmallows popped out of the top of the jar, and the Jello was squished, and forced out, and over the sides of the jar. It was a gloriously messy, disgusting, and amazing all at the same time. This definitely led to lots of giggling.
This happened over, and over, until the Jello was mashed into a big liquidity purple gloop. On accident, we discovered that when you poured out the marshmallows, and Jello, which had turned back into a liquid it sounded like rain falling down. This activity definitely hit all five senses. It smelt amazing, tasted great, sounded funny, looked beautiful, and then disgusting, and felt squishy, then sticky. This activity was definitely a huge hit. Do you have any activities that you can recommend that hit all five senses? We’d love to hear your ideas!