Jelly Painting - Great Craft Activity for Babies
Finding suitable and safe crafty activities for babies can be difficult. Paint will probably end up everywhere but on the paper. Crayons will be chewed up and spat out. In an effort to build a sculpture out of dough it will inevitably end up being eaten and at best you may get a finger imprint.
Jelly painting is cheap, easy, non-toxic and fun for both parents and baby. To get started just make jelly as per instructions on the packet and let it set in a plastic bowl. When you are ready to begin, find an area of flooring in your house that can be easily mopped clean, such as tiles or floor boards (do not attempt this on carpet). Lay out a large sheet of paper and sticky tape the corners to the floor. Dress your baby in as little as possible as the jelly tends to get everywhere.
Put the bowl of jelly next to the paper and scoop out a little onto the paper. Encourage your baby to use the jelly to draw lines and shapes on the paper and to explore the feel of the jelly in the bowl. Let your baby (and yourself) have fun and be creative. It doesn’t matter if he/she eats a little bit of the jelly and be prepared to have a bath straight away as it can get very messy. Don’t forget a camera!!
Toddlers will love to play with jelly too. The texture and feel of it will have them playing for ages, try to get them to draw with it, although they will probably prefer to just play with it in their fingers.