Oh boy, oh boy you won’t be able to resist diving into this edible sensory play balls tray yourself before the kids even get a look in. Seriously!
This week we had some friends over for the afternoon and when I got this sensory bin out full of vibrant, shiny balls that you can actually eat, I was fighting the adults off it! The grown-ups were just as keen as the kids to dive in, feel it, squish it, smell it and taste it too. It just looked so appealing no-one was able to resist! You have been warned!
If you like exciting sensory play ideas as much as I do you’ll want to take a peek at some of our other favourites while you’re here too. (Click on the image to go straight to the post.)
Supplies To Make Edible Sensory Play Balls
- Jello (various colours)
- Ice Ball Makers US
- Large tray or tub
- Bowls (optional)
You’ll love how truly multi-sensory this edible play activity is and how easy it is to set up. All you’ll need to remember is to prepare it the day before you need it so it all has time to set before the fun play and tasting begins.
Setting Up An Edible Sensory Play Balls Experience
Simply mix up the jello according to the pack’s instructions and add it to your ice ball moulds. (If the weather is very warm or you have your heating on I’d recommend using a little less water than the packet says, so the balls will hold their shape better in the heat.)
I love using ice ball moulds in two different sizes to add variety to the sensory activity. I also pour some jello into cereal bowls to make large semi-spheres too.
Once the jello is set simply empty the ice ball moulds out on to a large tray and let the sensory play begin. You’ll love how kids of all ages won’t be able to resist getting really hands on with these edible sensory play balls!
This is an activity that truly stimulates all the senses! The smells and colours are just gorgeous and then there’s the taste of course, and the textures as they roll it and squish it around. And don’t forget about the sound too! Just listen to the wonderful squelches and slurps in our short Instagram video clip below.
It’s super to let the children take the lead and explore the edible sensory balls in their own way. Kids might like holding the edible balls and squeezing them to change their shape.
They might squeeze the balls hard and watch and feel them break up and squelch through their fingers. Just listen to all their wonderful exclamations and descriptions as they do this. You’re sure to hear lots of “Oohs”, “Ahhs” and squeals of delight.
They might use their whole hand to squash the sensory jello balls flat.
They can enjoy swirling the edible sensory material around and around and seeing the colours change as they blend together.
And of course they’ll enjoy popping a little jello ball into their mouth and having a taste too! Wouldn’t you?
Looking for more exciting kids activities? Check out two of our favourite books. First up is SUPER SENSORY INVITATIONS TO PLAY which is bursting with ideas, linked to the festivals and seasons, to easily bring a different sensory play experience into your child’s life every single week of the year!
And next is STEAM Kids, which offer a year full educational fun, fun FUN! If you are a parent or work with kids both are must haves for the bookshelf.
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