Sensory play encourages children to manipulate materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination. Sensory play uses all 5 senses, but the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Children process information through their senses.  They learn through exploring these.

What you will need: 

  • Packet jelly crystals
  • Object to hide (small animal, numbers and letter)
  • Plastic containers
  • Large tray or container to put all the jelly mess in for playtime.

When preparing the jelly to set I placed the plastic numbers, toys animals into the mix.

Colour code the jelly with the hidden objects

Let the surprise begin!!  Feeling through the jelly to find what is hiding.

Hiding numbers in the jelly is a great way of introducing numbers to kids.

The cleanup can be fun too by washing out all the containers and rinsing the jelly on to the grass or garden. You no longer have sticky children only wet children!

Have fun with this activity and remember adult supervision at all times.