Today Julie, from Emma Owl is joining us for our Five Senses Play Challenge. Previously Julie has joined us for our 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge Blog Hop on day 27 and we recently joined in with their 14 Days Of Love Valentine Inspired Ideas and Inspiration. Julie continues our Sense of Taste week.
Hi Adventures of Adam Readers! I am Julie from Emma Owl. I am so excited to be here today!
At Emma Owl we share ideas and inspiration for family and children, and are often caught with food in our mouth – literally! It goes then without saying that we are delighted to share two “tasty” ideas with you!
This Jelly Idea is ideal for Babies and Toddlers! I did it with both my Children, and they both loved it! The best part about the whole experience is when – after much squishing and squashing – they finally “taste” their fingers. From that point on, it is all about eating!
Both my children felt the Jelly – with fingers and toes – for a long time before they actually started breaking it up. They squished it between fingers and toes, slid on the mat on top of it, banged it with open hands to make Jelly Cannons – best done outside! When all of that was done, then, and only then, did they taste it.
For both children I mixed up my own Jelly with gelatin – using their favorite juice mix, however you can use a packet of Jelly (or two) and mix per instructions. I put the Jelly into a plastic storage container, big enough for feet and hands to fit into!
All in all a great all round sensory activity. The sense of taste is strong, perhaps the sweet taste of the Jelly helps, perhaps it is mans need to eat for survival, but as soon as my children realized that they could “eat the fun,” it was game over and all the movement stopped, focus was 100% on eating! It did amuse me greatly to watch them push little squished up pieces of jelly into their mouths. The Jelly texture was new, and even though they both persevered, the slimy texture was not an instant winner! Eating won in the end!
This is something we did last year that I wanted to share because it is really so easy and simple, yet is all round fun, kept Emma busy for an hour, and really requires some additional ‘digging skills’ that strengthen hands and develop coordination! This summer get yourself some watermelon and play!
Thank you to Emma Owl for sharing ways to explore the sense of taste. This guest post is part of our Five Senses Play Challenge, for the sense of taste. Click here for more taste activity inspiration.
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