Wiggly Waves Sensory Bin

I recently took up a new part-time nanny gig with an adorable little munchkin. She is honestly one of the most laid back baby’s I have ever met in my life– such a delight. I of course was excited to try a new sensory play project with her! I am proud to say she enjoyed it just as much… (if not more) than me! Which is great…. because it’s for her, ha! It’s fun, squishy, and smells like heaven. If you have a baby or a toddler who loves to play in messes and explore, this is a great option for you.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

3 boxes of Blue Jello-O

A Sensory Bin or Tub

Assorted Sealife Figurines/Toys

Let’s get started…

1.) Put 6 cups of water into a pan and bring to a boil.

2.) While you are waiting for your water to boil, empty all three packs of your Jell-O into your sensory bin.

3.) Pour boiling water over the top of your Jell-O powder and mix for 2 minutes (or until all the powder has disintegrated.

4.) Add 6 cups of cup water and mixed well.

5.) Drop some of your sea creatures into the mix and let them settle at the bottom of your Jell-O mix.

6.) Place in the fridge for 5-6 hours. I actually let mine sit overnight… but I checked it around 5-6 hours and it was done.

7.) Using the remainder of your sealife toys, stage them on top of the Jell-O. I made the dolphins, seal, and penguin peeking out and the water so baby would be drawn to start grabbing. Also… it makes the whole thing look adorable.

8.) Let your little one play!! I started by giving the bin a little shake for her so she could see it wiggle. She got big eyes when she saw the movement. Then slowly began to pull out the toys on the top layer… the rest was history. Blue wiggly waves all around.

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Note: Your little ones will have little blue hands from the Jell-o… but it will come off I tapered the sensory project off by emptying the Jell-o from the bin and putting warm water in it, but leaving in the messy sea creatures. Baby loved grabbing and splashing them around in the bin. Next I poured out that water and put the clean toys back in the bin. !added warm water and Johnson & Johnson baby wash, so as she played, she got clean.


I hope you and your little one enjoy “exploring the sea” together!


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