Mix up some squishy sensory fun with a Jello Sensory Bin! Great for hands-on play, let the kids scoop, squish, and get a little messy with this super-fun letter J sensory bin!
As part of my ongoing series, ABC Sensory, we’ve been exploring a different sensory activity for each letter of the alphabet. And for today’s letter J sensory bin, we’ll be making a Squishy Jello Sensory Bin! In this post I’ll show you exactly how easy it is to make. Plus, I created a FREE checklist to help you along the way. Click the link to get access before getting started: FREE Idea Checklist: How To Create ABC Sensory Bins.
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Box of Jello (we used blue, but any color will do!)
Letter J Shapes (upper case and lower case)
Following the directions on the back of your Jello box, combine your gelatin mix and water in a mixing bowl.
Once you’ve stirred the jello mixture, let it cool slightly then pour it into your plastic sensory bin (you want it to be cool enough that it won’t melt the plastic of your sensory bin).
Next, drop an assortment of letter J’s into the jello mixture. If they’re floating at the top, push them down slightly with your finger.
Learning note: While you could create a jello sensory bin with just jello and nothing else, when doing this with my kids I like to include letter J’s along with the jello. I find this helps reinforce the letter we’re learning about. You could also try adding in other objects that start with the letter J for even more learning fun!
Place your jello sensory bin in the refrigerator for several hours until it becomes firm. As it cools, the letter J’s will become suspended in the jello (which my kids thought was cool!)
Once it’s finished, remove the jello sensory bin from the refrigerator and let the kids dig in!
MAKE IT A GAME
Have your kids search through the jello to try and find all the letter J’s that are hiding in there!
SNEAK IN SOME LEARNING
As your child is playing, try asking questions like:
“What letter are we learning about today?”
“What sound does the letter J make?”
“J is for what?…. Jello!”
When I did this with my kids, they had a blast squishing and mashing the jello between their fingers! Just a fair warning though, the jello did turn their hands blue for a while. But they were so preoccupied with playing they didn’t seem to mind!
TRY MAKING YOUR OWN SQUISHY JELLO SENSORY BIN
This letter J sensory bin is super-easy to make and provides hours of good-old messy fun! Try making your own squishy jello sensory bin!
Be sure to check out the rest of my alphabet sensory bins. And show me what you’ve made! Join me on Instagram or Facebook and share your sensory bins with me! Or leave me a message in the comments below. I love hearing from you!