This variation of jelly play is more suited to children over the age of two because the bugs may be too small for younger children, however it can be easily adapted to suit children of all ages.
You will need:
- Plastic spiders and other bugs
Make the jelly according to the packet instructions, involving older children in this process. Talk the children through the process as they help and let them watch the jelly cubes melt into the warm water. The children can then put plastic spiders and other bugs into the jelly before placing it in the fridge to set.
Once set put the jelly onto the table or into a messy play tray for the children to play with and explore using a range of senses.
If you wish to complete this activity with children under the age of two larger plastic bugs will need to be used, so you will fit less in the jelly, so you may prefer to make more jelly to cover these larger bugs.
Areas of learning covered:
- Knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Language, Literacy and Communication skills
- Personal and Social development