Jelly and Coconut Sensory Play

This Sea themed jelly and coconut sensory play was totally inspired by Casey from Little Life Long Learners!

We couldn’t resist trying out her idea and wanted to share the fun with you here.

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Pop over to Casey’s blog post to see how to set it up, it really is very simple and the best part is that it is completely taste safe.

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It took no time at all before the children got their hands messy and explored the textures. In fact they were interested in the sensory materials more than they were in the animals! It got messy and sticky and they loved it, I definitely recommend doing this activity outside.

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Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 4 - Children are confident and involved learners

4.1 - Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

4.2 - Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

This Activity is for:

  • Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • Children showing interest in sea animals

  • Children who are enjoying feeling different textures or need encouragement to do so

Encourage children to:

  • Feel the jelly and coconut separately

  • Describe the different textures

  • Mix jelly and coconut together and observe the changes

  • Use their imagination to play with the animals

Extend on this by:

  • Reading books about the ocean

  • Create a bigger version of this experience on a tuff tray for more children to play together

  • Add rock pools and shells

Simplify this by:

  • Taking away the animals to focus on the sensory materials

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