A few spoonfuls of colored gelatin sealed in a plastic bag -- what could be more squeezably fun? It's a great first experience of color blending.
Getting Started with Creative Projects for Little Hands
1. Keep it safe. Make sure supplies are labeled nontoxic and are not choking hazards. Discourage kids from putting supplies in their mouths.
2. Set it up. Designate an art area in your home with an easel or a low table where young artists can stand to work (this is usually easier for them).
3. Don't rush. Make sure you allow plenty of time for setup, exploration, and cleanup.
4. Don't stress over mess. Set things up so cleanup is easier for you, then try to relax and let your child have fun.
5. Write it down. Before you forget, write the date on your child's creation and, if she's talking, what she said about it.
|Prep Time: Afternoon or Evening|
|What you need:|
|1 packet of unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup of cold water
Ziploc freezer bags
|Seasons: Year round|
|1.||Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a small saucepan. Let it sit for 5 minutes, then stir over low heat until dissolved (about 3 minutes). Pour the gelatin into 3 separate bowls, stir a squirt of food coloring into each (we used red, blue, and yellow), then chill in the fridge until thickly gelled (10 to 20 minutes).|
|2.||Spoon a variety of colors into a Ziploc bag (an older toddler can do this himself), press out the air, and seal. Duct-tape the opening for added security. Now let your child squeeze and squash the bag.|
|3.||Keep the fun going! Try putting other things in plastic bags for kids to squish, such as shaving cream and glitter, or a peeled banana (for instant baby food!).|