As a work-at-hom mom of a 16-month old daughter, I’m always in search of safe, creative arts and crafts for toddlers. I like to fill our days with creative, educational and expressive activities and painting with Jello is not only fun, but also safe and creative. The best part is watching your toddler laugh and smile while they are painting. The results is a beautiful, fruity scented masterpiece that can be displayed for all to see.
Painting with Jello is simple, inexpensive, easy and safe. Here’s what to do:
1. For different colors, purchase a few different flavors of Jello. I like to get the Lime for green, Blue Raspberry for blue, Grape for purple, Orange for orange, Black Cherry or Strawberry for red, and Lemon for yellow. Watermelon is also great for pink. The store brand gelatin will work just as well as the name brand Jello.
2. Grab a few of the paper Dixie cups and fill each half full with warm water. Add enough Jello to create a good consistency for painting. The thicker you make it the darker the colors will appear.
3. Get your little one ready. Roll up the sleeves, get a bib and get ready to have some fun. Keep some moist papertowels handle just in case your little one gets a little over zealous with the paints!
4. Lay out a piece or two of watercolor paining paper. You can usually find a pad of painting paper in the arts and crafts aisle of most stores. If we’re doing this activity on the floor, I like to lay down a towel or two. I use an old tablecloth I have reserved for arts and crafts if we are on a table.
5. Either let your your little one paint with their hands or provide some watercolor brushes.
6. Praise their creativity and enjoy the beautiful artwork they create.
Don’t be surprised if your toddler takes time to sample the delicious flavors they are painting with. It will smell wonderful!
The best part is it is non-toxic, safe and the results are beautiful “scratch and sniff” paintings. Since the jello doesn’t completely dissolve, it creates a scratchy glitter effect. Your toddler will love to rub their little hands across the painting and each painting will be wonderfully scented.
If you’re making paintings, cards or gifts for loved ones, use the Jello paint as the recipients will enjoy it.
Finding safe and fun arts and crafts for toddlers is easy and painting with Jello is a great rainy day activity and addition to any moms go-to fun box.
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