Fun for Toddlers: Jello Paint

7 Oct

Elijah thinks jello painting is one of the coolest things ever. If only he knew how simple it was.


I try to make it my goal to do a craft project with Eli about every other day.  Of course it depends on our week.  Some weeks we might do 6 while other weeks we only do 1.  This might be something as simple as coloring a piece of paper or it might involve a little bit more mess.  In my experience the messy ones are usually a bit more fun.  One craft that seems to always be a hit and is only slightly messy is painting with jello.  It also smells great.  So good in fact your kid might try to eat it.  It’s really okay if they do but I try to discourage it.  I don’t want Eli getting use to eating the things he paints with.  🙂 

Sample artwork using Jello Paint.


How to Make Jello Paint:

  • Mix 1/2 Jello Packet in a small bowl.  (I do not recommend using Sugar Free jello as it doesn’t seem to work quite as well as regular jello.) 
  • Add a few drops of water and stir. 
  • Continue adding water until desired consistency. 
  • Allow child to paint with jello paint using fingers, Q tips, paintbrushes, straws, or anything else you can think of.  🙂 
  • Use different types of material for your child to paint on.  I save scrap paper, cardboard, scraps of fabric, old folders, paper towel tubes, etc.  Our personal favorite is to paint on Photo Paper.  It is nice and glossy which adds an interesting look to Jello Painting. 

    What a joy to watch Eli create.



One Response to “Fun for Toddlers: Jello Paint”


  1. Making Room for Jell-O Crafts | So Crafty powered by Squidoo - June 10, 2012

    […] a good tool for painting with Jell-O, which might be a fun option for summertime crafting. At the Emerson Family blog, the steps involve packets of gelatin, and any manner of painting tools such as cotton swabs, […]

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