Children explore the world through touch. According to NHS UK, not all children like all textures and this is perfectly normal, however it is important to give your child plenty of opportunities to experience different touch sensations (https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/kids/resources/ot-activityinformation-sheets/messy-play-activities/)
Messy play offers a lot of benefits for the children especially in terms of providing variety of experience for their sense of touch.
Follow the recipe below to make your own messy jelly. Make the messy jelly play interesting by using 2 to 4 colours and flavours of jelly. Crush the jellies and pour into a shallow container. Provide a spoon or scoop, small bowls and some toys (clean them first) for the children to dig or bury in the jellies. Let the children play however they want according to their imagination and creativity for hours of fun.
Recipe for Messy Jelly
- Crystal jelly or flavoured coloured agar-agar powder mix
- Prepare each flavour/colour of the jellies according to package instruction.
- Once ready crush and place in a shallow container, row by row.
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