Looking for fun and simple ways to teach your toddler their letters? Need a sensory activity that is safe for your baby and engaging for your toddler?
I kept seeing all these Jello activities on Pinterest using random objects for babies and toddlers to dig out. Of course, the first thought that came to mind was The Office. Jim Halpert style!
My second thought was, hey, baby boy would love this. But I needed a way to make this more than a 5 minute activity for my older toddler. So, I tweaked the Jello dig just a bit to make it more engaging, educational, and just a little bit healthier.
Below, I’ll tell you all about how we made our alphabet Jello dig, so you can recreate your own and teach your toddler their letters.
Alphabet Jello Dig: A Fun Way to Teach Your Toddler Their Letters
You’ll need to start your Jello dig by gathering all your supplies. Luckily, you don’t need much:
- A couple boxes of Jello
- Any kind of baking pan
- Alphabet Jello molds or cookie cutters
I found this natural, dye-free, non-GMO “Jello” at one of our local health food stores. I bought 2 boxes, but it didn’t make as much as I thought it would. My original plan was to use this large glass baking pan, but I ended up using a bread pan and a smaller baking dish, so the Jello was deeper, and the kids would have to dig a little further.
Making Your Dig
To make your Jello dig, you’re simply going to follow the directions on your box of gelatin. Drop in your letters right before placing it in the fridge.
I ended up making a dig for my daughter and one for my son. The letters do rise to the top, so you can remove the mold and present it to your toddler upside down to make the digging a little more challenging for them.
I ended up transferring little man’s Jello from the bread pan to the large glass baking pan, so he would have more room to move the Jello and cutters around.
Learning Through Play
Now it’s time to start learning through play! We set up at the kitchen table to help contain the mess. Both the kids were very intrigued and went to town digging.
For little man, I just let him explore. He had a great time pulling all the letters out and squishing the Jello in his hands. He even got a little taste or two. Of course, always supervise your baby/toddler while doing this activity.
My daughter quickly pulled out and named all her letters. So then we took it a step further and we cut out various letters out of the Jello and placed them aside. Since she already has a good handle on her letter “names”, we worked on letter sounds and spelling out her name. She also got to eat a few of the letters. 🙂
Then the kids got real creative and started mixing their Jello together. It actually looked pretty neat with the two different colors. And, then towards the end Jello started flying, so we wrapped things up shortly after that. The kids played for a good 45 minutes, and I think we made real headway on our letter sounds.
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