I’m always searching for fun activities to do with Marshall, and every month that goes by there are more things we can do together. I first found this idea from Kristie at LifeAsMamaBear.com, and I’ve been excited to try it out for months. Jello is ridiculously cheap so I stocked up on them so we always have a backup plan if he’s fussy and bored.
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I read on different blogs that you should buy a box of plain gelatin instead of the flavored jello, and just add food coloring, because it would be less sticky that way. I found that this wasn’t true at all. After just a few minutes of playing, there was green goop stuck to him and the only fix was a bath. I’m still glad I bought the plain gelatin though, because Marshall was super interested in putting it in his mouth. I can only imagine how much he would have eaten if it was sugary and sweet.
This activity is fairly self-explanatory: You buy some gelatin, make it as instructed on the package and add some toys in before refrigerating. I used Knox brand gelatin, and the Sassy Ring O’ Links teething ring set.
The teething rings I added kept floating to the top, so I tried presenting it to him upside down so he’d have to dig to the bottom for the toys. He’s too young and impatient for that though, so I ended up flipping it back over. He had so much fun with this activity! He played for over 30 minutes, and probably would have kept going if I didn’t take it away to feed him lunch. He successfully dug each toy out on his own and was so proud every time! I only had to step in a time or two to keep him from putting a huge chunk of jello in his mouth. Obviously you should monitor your baby during this activity, but for the most part, they have fun with it on their own.
This is a great activity for babies 6 months and up, and I highly recommend it! I will keep playing around with different brands of gelatin and if I find a brand that isn’t as sticky, I’ll update this post. I hope your little ones have as much fun with this as we did!