Edible Sensory Play Balls

Oh boy, oh boy you won’t be able to resist diving into this edible sensory 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 tray 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, and taste it too. It just looked so appealing no-one was able to resist! You have been warned!

Try this Edible Sensory Play Balls activity, a truly multi sensory play experience. Kids will love feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing and eating it!

Supplies To Make Edible Sensory Play Balls

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Setting Up An Edible Sensory Play Balls Experience

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. 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. Try this Edible Sensory Play Balls activity, a truly multi sensory play experience. Kids will love feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing and eating it! Once the jello is set simply empty the sensory balls 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 the experience! 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.  

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It’s super to let the children take the lead and explore the sensory balls in their own way. Kids might like holding the edible balls and squeezing them to change their shape.

Try this Edible Sensory Play Balls activity, a truly multi sensory play experience. Kids will love feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing and eating it!

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.Try this Edible Sensory Play Balls activity, a truly multi sensory play experience. Kids will love feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing and eating it!

They might use their whole hand to squash the sensory jello balls flat.

Try this Edible Sensory Play Balls activity, a truly multi sensory play experience. Kids will love feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing and eating it!

They can enjoy swirling the edible sensory material around and around and seeing the colours change as they blend together.

Try this Edible Sensory Play Balls activity, a truly multi sensory play experience. Kids will love feeling, smelling, hearing, seeing and eating it!

And of course they’ll enjoy popping a little jello ball into their mouth and having a taste too! Wouldn’t you?

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Comments

  1. I Nicolson says

    I haven’t made balls as such but I have made up jelly in small bowls for sensory play at nursery. I’d recommend using HALF the recommended amount of water to make up jelly. Be warned though – it’s incredibly sticky but great fun & kids love it :-)

  2. Azra says

    I’ve never done this before, so would like to know from someone who has, how do the jello balls retain their shape, is there a way to make it so thick? and how long before they turn into liquid?

    Thanks

  3. Megan says

    This is a great idea, but instead of buying molds, I’m going to use balloons. We use balloons to make ice balls all the time. I can’t wait to see how he reacts when we cut open!

    • Marcia says

      OMG, what a great idea to use balloons! I was just looking at the molds, and they are kind of expensive for what you get, and I would need to put in a lot of work to make a whole classroom’s worth of Jello balls, whereas I could make many at one time with balloons! Thanks for the tip:)!

      • Evie says

        Beware of the fact that there is a kind of powder inside a balloon to prevent it from sticking together when not inflated, I don’t think this powder is edible. So not a problem if it is just for play, but tell the kids not to eat it…

    • dlj says

      Please be careful when using balloons to mold the jello – there are serious allergies to latex and the food may become contaminated with latex. I learned I was allergic when someone had made chocolate bowls using balloons and had a severe reaction.

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