Hey friends! We’re back again with another fun ocean-themed sensory play idea. This one only takes three ingredients and is safe for little ones to taste (although it doesn’t taste that great so doesn’t encourage further nibbling), so those of you with younger tots can try this one out.
Slippery Fish Taste-Safe Sensory Play
Have you heard the song “Slippery Fish?” The twins came home from school one day singing it weeks ago and we’ve basically been humming it ever since…it’s one of those tunes you just can’t get out of your head (even if you desperately want to). It is super cute though, and seeing as it did inspire this entire activity, here’s a link with lyrics and a video so you can hear it for yourself: Slippery Fish Song. I’ll be adding this to my repertoire of songs to inflict upon the children of my students next year as well 😉
Anyway, back to the topic at hand- slippery fish sensory play. I decided we needed some slippery fish to go with our song, so I whipped up a batch before bed last night and presented them to the twins this morning in a plastic bin with a couple inches of water.
The fish were indeed delightfully slippery and inspired all sorts of squishing and a fair bit of poking,
and even a few instances of tasting (although they don’t really taste like much, so the tasting wasn’t that exciting).
Slippery Fish Recipe
Wanna make some? Here’s what you need (Amazon affiliate links included- click on highlighted items to see products):
- 2 cups cool water
- 3 envelopes Knox Gelatine (available at grocery stores)
- Food coloring (you could also use liquid watercolors if your children don’t taste, or substitute fruit juice for totally natural and taste-safe coloring, although that might make your kids want to chow down- it’s up to you!)
- Rubber fish mold and Starfish mold (I linked to the exact ones I used, but you can use any flexible mold that you desire- there are some really cute ones out there!)
- Cooking spray or vegetable oil
To make the slippery fish, first coat your molds in cooking spray or vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Then place your water in a small saucepan and sprinkle your gelatin on top. Wait a couple of minutes and then heat your gelatin over medium-high heat, stirring until it’s dissolved. Color your gelatin with your coloring of choice, spoon into your molds, and pop into the fridge for a few hours until set. You may have to run the outside of your mold under warm water or use the end of a butter knife to pop them out, and then you are good to go!
The kids had a great time acting out the words to “Slippery Fish” with these little gelatin guys, and are already begging me to make some more. Filing this one away for the classroom!
This activity is a super fun form of sensory play, which you can read more about in this article: Sensory Play: Is This Really Necessary? Themed sensory play activities are fantastic for young children because they are so engaging and are full of opportunities for imaginative play. I love seeing my kiddos incorporate new things that they’ve learned (such as knowledge of ocean animals and their habitats) into our play setups. You can see our entire sensory play gallery by clicking HERE– we’ve got tons of fun stuff to try!