Jungle jelly (2 - 3 year olds)

Create your own jungle jelly!

Home Learning

You will need

  • gelatin or powdered jelly
  • green food colouring
  • some extra textures like coconut flakes if you want to feature the tactile experience!

What to do

With your child mix the gelatin/powder jelly with hot water (make sure your child is at a safe distance, but they can still observe). Let the children watch the powder dissolve into the warm water, add the colour and coconut flakes, put in a tray and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning let the child go to the fridge and see what’s happened to the liquid you put into the fridge. Take the tray out the fridge and get some tools (spoons, knives or forks) and let the children explore the jelly. They can also use their hands and fingers to feel the jelly and explore the texture. The jelly is also edible, so this is an activity that is fun but also engages all their senses; creating curious children that are building on confidence to explore new materials and ideas.

Jungle jelly

Learning outcomes

  • Identifies action words by pointing to the right picture, e.g., “Who’s jumping?”
  • Understands more complex sentences, e.g. ‘Put your toys away and then we’ll read a book.’
  • Understands ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ in simple questions (e.g. Who’s that/can? What’s that? Where is…?).
  • Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little).
  • Comments and asks questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place where they live or the natural world.
  • Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects.
  • Talks about why things happen and how things work.
  • Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools

Key words

  • solid
  • liquid
  • feel
  • smell
  • taste
  • watch
  • observe
  • change
  • texture
  • mix
  • touch
  • green
  • colour

Discuss with your child

  • What colour can you see?
  • Can you see the change in texture?
  • How does the jelly feel?
  • How does it taste?
  • Can you scoop some jelly onto your spoon?
  • Can you put the jelly into the container?