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Gelatin Dig

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Age Group


Infants (4-12 months)

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What You'll Need

2 – boxes gelatin, any flavor
1 – Plastic container
Toys, small teething rings, and baby spoons

Can also be made with less sugar using plain gelatin and adding food safe coloring.

Let's Begin

This is a messy activity, so you’ll want to place the tablecloth on the surface where your baby will be digging.

  1. Prepare the gelatin according to the package instructions.
  2. Pour gelatin mixture into plastic container.
  3. Place toys into the gelatin mixture inside the plastic container.
  4. Refrigerate gelatin according to the package instructions.
  5. Once set, you can now prepare to dig.
  6. Place your baby either on the floor or in his highchair.
  7. Place container of gelatin in front of your baby and let him dig away.

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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