J is for Jello Sensory Play

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I am very excited to have Angela of Teaching Mama here with us today in the A-Z's of Sensory Play for Kids series, sharing about some awesome jello sensory play ideas. 

Jello is so much fun to use for sensory play because it engages all of the senses! Jello smells yummy, looks colorful, feels jiggily, sounds squishy, and tastes sweet! There are lots of ways to use jello as a sensory play material. The easiest way is to put several colors of jello in a bin and let the kids explore!

Jello sensory play ideas for kids. www.GoldenReflectionsBlog.com

Before inviting my kids to play with the jello, I cut up the jello into squares and put them in a plastic bin. I also set out play tools for them to explore the jello with. They were SO excited to play!

Since the jello came from the fridge, it was cold. But that didn't stop them from wanting to touch and feel it. Playing with jello is a great way to engage the senses and practice language skills with children. Talk about how the jello feels to them. Does it feel cold? Squishy? Sticky?

feeling jello

For those who don't like their hands to be messy, you can use tools to play with the jello. I got out scoopers, tongs, tweezers, and other tools for them to play with. One of my favorite tools to use with jello is a lemon squeezer. It's super fun to squish the jello through it! And you could hear the jello squishing through!

squishing jello

We also used a variety of tools to scoop the jello. I liked the egg separator because you could sift the piece of jello through it.

scooping jello

And you know what my boys' favorite part was? Tasting the jello!


We loved playing with jello. It was an engaging, messy, and fun sensory play activity!

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Jello Sensory Play

If you're looking for more things to do with jello, check out these play activities!

Jello Playdough (my favorite way to make playdough!)

Jello Eruptions

Jello with Toys in It

Angela is a former teacher turned SAHM to three beautiful boys. She loves to share hands-on learning activities for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers on her blog, Teaching Mama. She is also the author of The Preschool Journey ebook.

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For more sensory play ideas, follow my sensory fun Pinterest board and also the A-Z's of Sensory Play Ideas for Kids series.

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A-Z's of Sensory Play Ideas for Kids Series. www.GoldenReflectionsBlog.com
Sharing with: The Jenny Evolution, Happy & Blessed Home, Living Montessori Now, Enchanted Homeschool Mom, Hip Homeschool Moms

Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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  1. Messy fun! Thanks for linking up to the Preschool & Kindergarten Community Weekly post.

  2. I can’t imagine any kid not loving this messy fun! Thanks for linking up your creativity at the Thoughtful Spot!

  3. Shreya Okhde says:

    Beautiful post. Looking forward to doing his activity with my 3 year old son. He likes to get messy. Thank you, for you always get great people who give superb ideas.

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