Jelly Sensory Play for Toddlers | Nanny Anita | My Baba

As you might have seen I have been doing rather a lot of sensory activities with BB over the last few months. Our newest activity is jelly sensory play. I had a couple of reasons for doing this with BB. Firstly, why not. Jelly is certainly fun to play with. But more importantly I did it because BB can have real issues when it comes to touching certain things. When he is eating finger food he will often not eat something because he doesn’t like how it feels when he touches it. In that way he is just like YC. The main aim of this jelly Sensory play was to start the process of introducing him to other textures. It worked for his sister, so I’m hoping it will work for him.

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Start by making your jelly according to the instructions on the packet. I made it during lunch one day and left it to set over night.

Once the jelly is set, take all of it out of the moulds and place it in the tray. Don’t worry if it comes out in chunks.

For this I stripped BB down so that he was just in his nappy. We did this activity in the kitchen so that it was easier to clear up. Trust me this gets very messy and sticky.

jelly sensory play

BB wasn’t sure about it at first, but I sat next to him and played alongside him. He did eventually start getting his hands into it. He especially liked smacking his hands down into it and rubbing it over the table.

I was very surprised that he didn’t try to eat it more. I gave him a few lumps to try, and then he put his hand in his mouth a couple of times, but he didn’t seem keen on it! This activity held his attention for about 5-10 minutes (which is great for a 1 year old). In the end he just pushed the tray away and his chair away from the table.

Be prepared the clear up from this activity is quite involved. I ended up scrubbing down the table, the floor and his high chair. Eventually I just popped BB into the bath as it was the quickest and easiest way to clean him.

If you enjoyed this activity be sure to check out magnetic sensory box or my gelatine streaking activity.

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Young children and babies need lots of sensory activities to learn. What better activity for this than jelly sensory play! It's certainly sticky and messy, but your little ones will love exploring the different colours and textures.

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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