Check Out This Simple To Make Jello Sensory Play Idea For Toddlers And Preschoolers. Messy Fun For Kids!

Do your kids love to squish and splat their food, water, or really anything they can get their hands on? Well this Under The Sea Jell-O Sensory Bin is perfect for them! With just a few simple supplies, you can make the best messy sensory bin for kids. Not only did my toddler love this sensory activity but her 7 year old brother did too. I guess you’re never too old to squish jello between your fingers and toes. 

Do your kids love the ocean and all the sea creatures in it? This under the sea jello sensory bin is perfect for your little ocean loving toddlers. head outside and let your kids explore the squishy jello with their hands, feet, and even their mouth because this sensory bin is edible! perfect for babies and toddlers who put everything in their mouths. You can find all the supplies at the dollar store too!

Jell-O sensory play is perfect for little kids because it’s edible. Seems like my little one is always putting things in her mouth so I wanted to find a fun and safe sensory activity for her. This is also a great activity to help sensory sensitive kids branch out with new textures and sensations. Making sensory time a game is always a great way to help ease kids into a messy activity. 

This jello sensory dig is a favorite with my kids. They love the ocean theme sensory bin that they can dig through to find all the hidden sea creatures. And with crushed cheerios used for the sand this sensory bin is taste safe for kids of all ages.

What You Will Need For This Sensory Project

  • 1 large plastic container
  • 4 boxes of blue Jell-O
  • 6 cups boiling water and 6 cups cold water
  • 1 package of small plastic sea creatures(like these from Amazon)
  • 2 cups crushed Cheerios or Rice Krispies cereal (optional)

How can you go wrong with jello sensory play? here is the best ocean sensory bin for toddlers and preschoolers. Using just a few cheap ingredients that you mights already have at home you can make this fun sensory bin that's perfect for outdoor playtime.

How To Make An Under The Sea Jello Sensory Bin

1. Make the Jello:

Find a bin, container, Tupperware dish to use for this jello sensory bin. I used a large storage bin from our play room that is 15 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 4 inches deep.

Boil 6 cups of water. Once boiling, turn off heat and add 4 boxes of jello mix. Stir until completely dissolved. Stir in 6 additional cups of cool water into the jello mixture. Pour the mixture into your sensory bin.

Drop in your plastic sea creatures and make sure that they are evenly spaced throughout your bin. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or until your jello has set. I refrigerated mine over night.

Have you made a jello sensory bin yet? If not then you're in for a treat. This under the sea jello sensory bin is the perfect sensory activity for toddlers because it's taste safe and helps with fine motor skill. Your toddler will have a blast digging for fish under the jello ocean. Add some edible sand and you've got the curtest ocean sensory bin ever!

2. Add the Beach (optional):

In a gallon size ziplock bag crush 2 cups of Cheerios or Rice Krispie cereal. This is the “sand” for your sensory bin. Pour the cereal sand on top of half of the jello (after it has been refrigerated and set) to create a beach. You can add a few plastic sea animals to the beach for fun!

Check out this easy sensory bin idea using Jello! This find the sea animal sensory play idea is perfect for toddlers. Have your toddler use tongs to dig out the sea creatures to help strengthen little hands. Then they can squish, splat, and mix the jello and edible sand for a fun and cheap outdoor activity.

3. Time to Play

Head outside with your Jello sensory bin for some fun messy play! This activity can be done indoors on a towel or plastic table cloth if you can’t play outside. Let your kids squish the jello to find all the sea creatures. They can use their fingers, spoons, or tongs to scoop out the plastic animals. My daughter loved this messy activity so much she used her feet to squish the jello!

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4. Clean Up

Once your kids are done playing with this amazing ocean sensory bin, simply dump out the jello and rinse your bin with the hose. Add a little water to your clean sensory bin and have your kids wash the plastic sea creatures to get all the jello off. This is a great way to make play time last a little longer!

Are you looking for a few new sensory play idea for your kids? well this ocean themed jello sensory bin is fun and cheap to make! all you need is jello, small plastic sea animals and some crushed cheerios. Throw it all together is a plastic container and you have the perfect sensory activity for young kids. This messy outdoor activity is a great way to introduce new textures to sensory sensitive children. Pick up a few boxes of blue jello and make the awesome sensory bin today!

Helpful Tips When Making A Messy Sensory Bin

Kids love messy toys. They just do! So to help keep your house clean and your sanity intact follow these simple tips when you kids are ready for messy play time. 

  • Take this messy play outside! Trust me this is the perfect outside activity for kids. 
  • I was afraid that the blue jello would stain my white toy bin but surprisingly it didn’t! BUT, if you’re worried about using a good container for this messy under the sea sensory bin, pick up some aluminum baking dishes from the dollar store. You can throw these away after your kids finish playing with the jell-O sensory bin!
  • Wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting stained. Blue jell-O will stain! You don’t want to worry about your kids ruining their clothes during this sensory activity. 
  • Jell-O sensory play is so much fun for kids. Let them squish it in their hands and even their feet. When they are done playing, simply wash them off with the hose!
  • Clean up is breeze. Simply dump the used jell-O onto your grass or rocks and wash it away with the hose. 

Are you looking for a fun outdoor activity for your toddler? This ocean themed jell-o sensory bin is a must try. With just a few cheap supplies you might already have at home you can make this edible sensory bin that's perfect for toddler and babies. This sensory activity is a great way to introduce new textures and tastes to your little one. Add some tongs and spoons and you can turn this sensory bin into a fine motor activity as well!

Jello makes the best sensory play for toddlers and preschoolers. It’s not only fun to make but extremely fun to squish and splat. Rescuing the sea animals is a great way for kids to improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination too. Do yourself a favor and pick up some boxes of blue jello next time you’re at the store so that you can make the best Ocean Jello Sensory Bin ever! 

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