With Halloween just around the corner and on a weekend this year, I’m always on the hunt for fun activities to make a fun day out of the spooky holiday. This week’s Halloween Jello Rescue is the perfect sensory activity that combines fun and learning without a huge mess.
If you DIY and craft as much as I do, you’ve probably got most of these supplies already around the house. No need for a special trip to the store. Unless you have nothing to substitute the items below, then head to the Dollar Tree or check out my Amazon Links at the end of the post.
I used plain gelatin because there’s no sugar and it’s less messy and sticky. Make the gelatin according to the package instructions but use less water to make the Jello harder and the rescue a bit tougher. You can keep it clear or add some orange or purple food coloring. Add a handful of Halloween toys and trinkets to the gelatin mix. You can find this kind of stuff at the Dollar Tree in the Halloween party section. I like to use fake spiders, fingers, eyeballs, and skeletons. Anything plastic or rubber base will do. In the school aisle, they usually have a pair of plastic oversized tweezers that are perfect for this kind of activity. If you can’t find any, try to find a small pair of rubber tongs or plastic salad tongs in the kitchen aisle.
Once you add the toys, place the gelatin in the refrigerator until it fully sets. Remove and ask your child to rescue the spooky items inside.
- 4 tbsp plain unflavored Gelatin
- 3/4 cup cold Water
- 3/4 cup hot Water
- Food coloring (optional)
- Kids activity tweezers or small tongs
- Small Halloween toys/ trinkets (check out Dollar Tree and look for the Halloween party items)
- Rectangular glass Pyrex, or sandcastle mold
- Activity tray
Related: Paper Plate Halloween Cat
- Combine plain gelatin, hot and cold water, mix.
- Add a few drops of orange or purple food coloring and mix.
- Pour the mixture into a sandcastle mold or keep in a shallow glass Pyrex.
- Add Halloween toys or trinkets.
- Place in the refrigerator until it fully sets.
- Remove from the refrigerator and place in an activity tray so your child to rescue the items using the activity tweezers.
Related: Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt
Caution: gelatin is a choking hazard so remember to watch your kids closely with this activity.
The plain Jello doesn’t taste good so they’ll probably spit it out immediately like mine did.
What are some of your fun Halloween activities? If you liked this Halloween Jello Rescue, please pin and share.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.