Frozen Jelly Sensory Play


I'm a Christmas fan, but Halloween is up there with my favourites. I love the fun activities that you can do, carving pumpkins, and horror films. Obviously a lot of those things are not appropriate for Emily, but I didn't want Halloween to pass by without some kind of recognition. We have got a few Halloween books, and a cute little pumpkin sleepsuit, so of course I wanted to do some kind of sensory play, or craft. While I was in Tesco I stumbled upon these ice cube trays, they are skull and bones and looked like the perfect thing to represent Halloween.

I filled them with jelly, and popped them in the fridge overnight to set, In the morning I then popped them into the freezer. It would have been tough to get them out without freezing them, but you could always let them defrost. I then popped them on a plate, and added some Halloween sprinkles. Emily really enjoyed popping the Halloween sprinkles into the eyes of the skulls. 


As soon as I gave it to Emily she tried her best to squash it, the best thing about frozen jelly is it goes like a slush, it become thick and crumbly ice chips. As it defrosts the edges become soft like normal jelly would be it is perfect for little hands. She also enjoyed eating it. 

This activity is brilliant for encouraging new vocabulary. I used descriptive words to describe what Emily was feeling, such as squishy, sticky, slimey, and smooth. Emily tried her best to copy the words I was saying. Sensory play encourages children to use all 5 senses, the sense of touch is often the most frequent. Toddlers and children process information through their senses, they learn through exploring these. Sensory play also offers children the opportunity for self-expression because there is no right answer and children feel safe to experiment with what they are doing. Sensory play encourages children to manipulate and mold materials, building up their fine motor skills and coordination.


12 comments

  1. I'm glad you told me in your comment about this activity. It looks so cool!!! No pun intended haha. Emily looks like she's have a fab time. I love Halloween too. It's such a nice age to start introducing them to Halloween isn't it. I can't wait until my daughter is older and really has a grasp of what's going on. Hopefully both our daughters will be at that age next year. I really want to try this. It looks like lots of gooey, squidgy fun! Chloe - Life Unexpected xx

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  2. This look like so much fun, I love the pictures of Emily exploring and tasting the jelly x #Love2Blog

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  3. This looks so cool and she looks so happy! :D
    I have a little cousin and this is perfect for her because she's always exploring things! I'm gonna tell her parents about this! Thank you! :D

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  4. That is such a great idea. Unfortunately chloe is only 8 months old so I can't really introduce her with anything as she isn't a fan of chewing yet but I need to keep this in mind for next halloween.

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  5. This looks ace; such a good idea! I'm definitely going to give this a try with Phoebs who loves exploring new things. Thanks for sharing x

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  6. Oh her little face!

    I'm always trying to find new things for us to try at home and we've never done frozen jelly play before so will definitely trying this next week. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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  7. Awwww she looks delighted!!! I`ve done jelly play before but never frozen jelly play, I will have to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration :) xx

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  8. This is such a great idea and it looks so fun to make too.

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  9. Halloween is my favourite too! Sienna is 3 but she would love this as she loves anything cold and icy to play with, even plain boring ice cubes! haha! x

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  10. I have that ice tray and never in a MILLION years thought to use them for jelly. What an awesome idea and how cute is your little one! #Love2Blog

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  11. aww so cute! My kids are all a bit too old for this, but I love the ice cube trays... need to get and make some cocktails .

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  12. What a fantastic idea! I've never thought to make frozen jelly before. Will be a really good thing to make next summer too! x

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