Jelly Rescue Play & Recipe


There are so many wonderful ways to use jelly and our favourite is Jelly Rescue Play! You can mash it, cut it into squares or shapes, or place your child’s favourite tools into the gelatin before it sets.

One of our favourite ways to use jelly is by setting our figurines into the mixture and then rescuing them! We call this jelly rescue play!

There are so many learning benefits to this play activity such as problem-solving, fine and gross motor development, fostering hand-eye coordination, and sparking children’s creativity and imagination. Our jelly rescue can also be adapted to suit your child’s interests and stage of development. For example, I have used sea animals but you could use diggers, safari animals, or linking rings. For stages of development, older children may enjoy using tongs and tweezers. Younger children may prefer tools that have large handles such as spoons, whisks, or potato mashers.

Jelly Rescue Play
Jelly Rescue Play
Jelly Rescue Play

What You’ll Need

  • 6 teaspoons of gelatin (You can use a jelly packet mix but we prefer to go sugar free)
  • 4 cups of boiled water
  • Food colouring
  • Measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Tub or container
  • Play figurines & tools

Making Your Jelly Rescue

  • Mix 3 teaspoons of gelatin into 2 cups of boiled water 
  • Stir gelatin until it has dissolved into the water  
  • Add a few drops of food colour into the gelatin
  • Pour coloured gelatin into your selected tub or container 
  • Repeat the above or as necessary to fill your tub/container
  • Pop figurines into the gelatin
  • Place tub/container into the fridge and wait 3-4 hours or until gelatin has set

Ready For Play

  • Pop your jelly container onto a large mat, picnic rug, or tuff tray to collect any mess
  • Add tools such as tongs, whisks, scoops, and bowls to support your child’s play
Jelly Rescue Play
Jelly Rescue Play

We would love to hear from you if you’ve loved Jelly Rescue Play! You can tag us @littlemessylearners or use the hashtag #Littlemessylearners

For more play recipes how about trying out our cocoa moondough?

This blog was written by Brooke! Little Messy Learners Hobart

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