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Eating jello is a fun experience for kids, it wiggles, it jiggles, it falls of the spoon, and the slurping sound it makes has certainly caused its fair share of giggles. (yep, we went there!) It’s no wonder that there is a National Eat Your Jello Day. But did you know that jello can also be used to safely provide sensory stimulation in fun ways? From finger paint, to a glow in the dark treat, we’ve collected a list of fun non-traditional uses for jello that will be sure to bring big smiles to little faces.
Make jello blocks – The folks at KiwiCo have come up with a fun way for kids to play with their food. These edible building blocks can be made with any color or flavor of jello. Cleanup can be a breeze, too. As long as kids are playing with the blocks in a clean environment, they can just eat the blocks when they are done.
Finger paint – Encourage your little artists to express their creativity by giving them a great sensory experience using food safe finger paints.
Color changing slime – Kids love the feel of slime oozing through their fingers. While there are many DIY slime recipes online, most of them call for Borax or glue. So we were thrilled when we found this recipe for edible (not that we recommend eating it) color changing slime.
Conduct a fizzy science experiment – Encourage kids to explore science and make their jello fizz and explode. This experiment won't be good for drinking, but the kids will have fun watching the colors fizz.
Have a fossil dig – Give the little ones a fun and (mostly) edible sensory experience with a fun fossil dig. You can also switch out the dinosaurs for different age appropriate items such as teethers.
Make colorful play dough – Playing with modeling dough can help with hand strength and fine motor skills. Make as many colors as you wish and store it in an air tight container for months of play.
Make it glow – Put a scientific spin on desert by making it glow. Kids will get a kick out of seeing their jello glow under a black light.
Give wiggly a whole new meaning – Make wiggly jello worms with this fun technique. You can challenge kids to eat a "worm", or use them for sensory exploration.