What is the lesson: Sensory play with Jello!
- PW34. The young toddler controls small muscles in hand.
- CD60. The younger toddler experiments with various wet and dry materials to discover their properties.
- LC47 The older toddler demonstrates knowledge that a symbol can represent something else
Your child learns about frogs through fun sensory stimulation. This activity teaches through abstract play.
Quick educational video on frog lifecycle:
- Blue Jello (2 Packages)
- Glass pan or container
- Plastic frogs (Found at dollar tree)
- The night before, make jello according to package, pour into a glass container, submerging plastic frogs in the jello. Refrigerate until morning.
- At a table or contained area, allow your toddler to try and help the frogs “escape” by digging them out. This can be done by hand, spoon, etc.
Activity Wrap Up:
- Talk about where frogs live. Talk about where ponds are.
How do I know what my child is learning?
Your child is able to identify the pond and the frogs when playing
How can you extend this activity? (Modifications)
Add whip cream dots on the jello to make lily pads. Connect the lily pads in the jello to the lilly pads they jumped on as frogs yesterday.
Helpful Hints: (Pitfalls & Solutions)
If stained hands are something you are avoiding, a yellow or clear jello should be used instead.