Fine Motor Dissecting meets Sensory Play fun with this invitation to explore! Mr3 had a great time pulling rainbow spaghetti worms out of gelatine & digging for dino’s! This is a fantastic way to engage children in a sensory rich activity which also doubles as a fine motor work out!
I used 12g sachets of gelatine powder & followed the directions on the reverse of the packet (with a few adjustments).
Sprinkle the gelatine powder into 400mls of boiling water (100mls less than the package says) & stir until the gelatine dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool before pouring into your spaghetti. Whilst your gelatine mixture is cooling, you can make your rainbow spaghetti following similar directions to our Rainbow Spaghetti Activities for Toddlers post.
Step 1. Cook your spaghetti as normal – once al dente, run under cold water to stop the cooking process.
Step 2. Place a ziplock bag into a cup & fold the bag around the edge to keep it open, repeat for each colour.
Step 3. Separate the spaghetti into the cups.
Step 4. Add 1-2 tbs of water into each cup.
Step 5. Add a few drops of food colouring.
Step 6. Close the ziplock bag, shake to disperse the colour & then leave to sit for 5 mins.
Step 7. Run the pasta in a colander under cold water until the water runs clear. The longer you wash it, the less likely the colour will run when playing. (Remember that food colouring will stain!)
Step 8. Give the pasta a good shake, then pat-dry with a paper towel/tea towel to remove excess water. I laid the pasta between a (dark) towel & lightly rubbed/tapped the top.
Once your gelatine mixture is cool, you can prepare your moulds. I used a tupperware container, lined with cling wrap (to make removing easy). Take your spaghetti and place it in the bottom of the container and then fill with your gelatine mixture & place in the fridge until set!
When set, you’re ready to dissect and discover! I placed the gelatine on a large tray & included some tweezers for Mr3 to dissect with! Mr3 called the spaghetti ‘worms’ as he carefully pulled them out of the gelatine. Working those finger & hand muscles, this lasted about 2 minutes before the hands got involved, making this a fun sensory play activity! As we have used all edible ingredients, this just so happens to be a taste-safe activity too!
Instead of spaghetti (or as well as) you can add toys to dissect and discover in your gelatine!
We added dino’s and it was a total hit! As well as the tweezers, I also included a toddler knife, which Mr3 used to carefully cut slices out of his gelatine & then used his tweezers to pull the dino’s out.
What toys/items would you add?
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