We are making the jelly cake today! Care to join us?
Easy to set up using things we all have in the kitchen, this play activity will surely be loved by kids. There is something about cake decoration, don’t you think? Even kids who have sensory issues love to pretend playmaking cakes and cookies!
Somehow we end up quite often in our play with cooking and making cakes! Sounds familiar? Your kids love to play in the kitchen too?
We have started our play today with this lovely tray! Doesn’t it look inviting? Wouldn’t you want to play with it? So, we had 4 little pudding cups filled with jelly, whipping cream, a little plate with candies and another with sprinkles aside, along with spoons and forks. I used 3 bags of red gelatine with only half litre of water to get jelly to be really hard.
There was a bit of trouble to get the jelly out of the plastic pudding cups. One of them bounced out and almost off the table. We had to chase it! Next one we were more careful! My girls didn’t have any previous experience with jelly and all the contact I managed to get from them was as soon as it was out of the cup. It was only time they wanted to either touch it or taste it. Every other part of this play was with either spoon or later on, plastic knife. Guess they didn’t like the feel of jelly on their hands!
First girls played decorating the jelly cake with whipped cream using spoons, followed by adding sprinkles and candies by hand. Since they decided not to touch it with their hands at this point, I decided to bring in some fine motor practice with the knife. Cutting through jelly is an awesome way to practice since jelly is really soft and doesn’t need extra force. It was easy to cut through with the plastic knife. My toddler girl enjoyed this part a lot. I corrected the way she grabs the knife few times to teach her how to do it properly.
When she cut all 4 jelly cakes to small pieces, we placed them all in a plastic container, added remaining sprinkles and candies, wooden spoon and she made some jelly-o soup with candies! For the end of the play, she used the spoon to scoop the soup into pudding cups for serving to her mom!
This activity is a great example of how play can turn into totally different direction than parent anticipated! It is always a good thing not to stress too much and let the toddler guide the play in the way they like. At the end, it was great play day with many new textures and learning!
In January, we are participating in 31 Day Sensory Play Challenge with the different daily sensory prompt. You can read more about this challenge over at Adventures of Adam.
TOMORROW WE ARE PLAYING WITH SLIME OR GLOOP!
HAVEN’T DECIDED YET WHICH!
A great resource to get to know answers to every question you ever had about sensory processing is now available! Whether you’re a parent, educator or therapist, Sensory Processing 101 (affiliate link) will provide you all the answers in a reader-friendly way. It combines 3 books in one, Sensory Processing Explained (an overview), 35 Awesome Sensory Activities for Home and School and Sensory Processing Resources and Printable Guides. To read more, grab a FREE CHAPTER and purchase as an e-book, click on image:
This amazing book is also available in print on Amazon.com and you can read reviews and purchase it HERE (affiliate link).