Making Creepy Crawly Jelly

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:

  • Bowl
  • Jelly
  • 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

5 thoughts on “Making Creepy Crawly Jelly

  1. The children I work with they really enjoyed this activity and loved getting messy and learnt lot about the mini beasts that i put in the jelly .

  2. I am planning on using this activity in my work placement. I think it will be great using this acivity because it will be enjoyable for the children.

  3. This is a very great idea and I believe that children, parents, teachers, guardians, etc will highly appreciate and benefit from this actiity. it’s just fun.

  4. What a brilliant activity for all ages, I am going to try and get the jelly to set out side then fridge as I need to let it set in a large mixing building tray, wish me luck !!!!

  5. I used a green jelly and allowed the children to put litte jelly worms, bugs sweets into a small plastic cup .We then placed the cups into the fridge to set, at snack time each child had their own bug jelly.This activity produced lots of chatter about bugs.

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