Kids love to listen to stories, but they love to tell them, too. They'll love it even more with this fun twist. Take some Jello, preferably in a few colors, and make enough in a flat pan so you can cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Once you have the kids assemble a “scene,” let them make up a story about it and tell it before they can eat the main characters of their story. If you have lots of different cookie cutters, you can have lots of different stories. You'll be amazed at how creative the kids will get when they have to use the shapes you give them to form a story!
What You Need:
- Cookie sheets (about an inch deep)
- Cookie cutters
What You Do:
- Make several batches of different colors of Jello on separate cookie sheets and let cool in the refrigerator. Have the kids help stir the Jello.
- After gathering all the cookie cutters in your house (feel free to mix Christmas ones with Easter ones, whatever you have), have the kids choose which ones they want to use for their story.
- Give each child a platter (or a clean plastic place mat) to put his or her Jello shapes onto. Have them press their chosen cookie cutters into the Jello. After they have collected all the shapes, have them arrange them on their mat or platter.
- Get ready to hear a story! When they're done, it's gobble time. Let everyone have a turn and save the leftovers to go at it again on another day.
Lisa M. Cope is a freelance writer who focuses on parenting and child development issues, among many others. She is the mother of two boys, ages five and two.