I love doing fun activities with my kids, yes I will admit it, I am a try-hard, but unsuccessful, Pinterest mummy, like most of us, I just struggle to find the time to do fancy shmancy activities with my children as much as I would like and that’s okay. When I do them, I give myself a pat on the back and hi-five myself in the mirror for feeling as though I actually did a cool activity with my children – and when I don’t, I don’t guilt myself over the fact that some other mums seems to do this stuff with their kids all the time, (daily in fact – if you get sucked in to the fake reality of Facebook Mummy Sites!) If they do them every day, WOO HOO! Good for them, but for me, quality time is to be with my children in a loving manner, however that is, on the couch snuggled up close, reading a book, doing our chores together, etc. – Quality Time does not have to equal glitter, glue and liquid starch!!
On this rare day where clearly I had nothing pressing on, I found time to do a lovely activity and I must say, the kids did really love it!! their smiles made me feel even more great about myself!!! Woo Hoo!! I was loving myself SICK that day! Ha ha ha!!
This idea occurred to me during a birthday party when I had made rainbow jelly cups as a dessert – (love these!) – when my youngest boy put his hands straight in his cup and had a delightful time of just squeezing it and squishing it and feeling its beautiful consistency, so a light bulb flashed over my head and I decided to make it on a bigger scale for him!!
It is visually beautiful, feels delightful and is so fun to squish and smells and tastes pretty wonderful too! If you make packs of normal jelly with a little extra gelatine as below you will find it is a more longer lasting consistency, however the normal consistency of jelly is gorgeous too, it may just melt and blend together much faster – your choice!
What you will need:
Coloured small packages of Jelly (pink, red, blue, purple, orange, yellow, green. (cherry, grape, blue, creamy soda, orange, lime and lemon)
4 1/2 tablespoons of unflavoured gelatine
Mix the cherry jelly with 1/2 tablespoon of gelatine. Add a cup of boiling water and stir to dissolve. Cool to room temperature and pour into whichever container you want your rainbow jelly in. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 minutes.
Once the first layer is set, then make up the next jelly layer, but this time make the jelly with half of the water hot and half cold, so you have a lukewarm liquid that won’t melt the first layer when you pour it on top, also consider which colour you want above your first colour – (sometimes red and pink can look too similar right next to each other), then set the second layer and repeat the process until all your layers are done. Yes this can take a day or so to get all your layers done, but it is such a quick thing to make up each layer, that it really just takes you a minute or so to make each layer in between refrigeration time and the result is worth it, it looks so beautiful!!
I found it a great way to extend and improve my baby boy’s vocabulary too! We talked about colours, flavours, smells, textures and even the funny squishy sounds it made – it covered all the five senses as we talked about it so much as we played!!
My boys loved it, and although I didn’t let them eat the whole thing of course, surprisingly they didn’t even try to eat that much of it, I thought it would be a battle to not let them eat too much, but they saw this as an activity rather than a giant bowl of dessert at a party!
Something I had planned on doing on doing this day, which didn’t eventuate was to use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the jelly to play with, I will try that next time!!!
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