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What a fun and easy way to introduce babies to new texture.  Who couldn't resist fun jello colors.  And hiding fruit in the jello is genius!

Learning to Explore Food Through Play: Fruit-Filled Jigglers

Today we’re once again exploring ideas for building good eaters through food play with our sponsor Ella’s Kitchen, producer of some of my kids’ favorite fruit and veggies squeezers (yes, big kids love them too) and big time believers in the importance of raising healthy and adventurous eaters.

(Be sure to also check out our previous adventures with pancake decorating and rainbow, scented glitter slime.)

I just love how these colorful fruit-filled jigglers will entice all of baby’s senses while encouraging him or her to try new foods.  Plus the rainbow theme is perfect for extending into a St. Patrick’s Day activity for older siblings too!

Here’s Kristin with all the details…

Babies and toddlers learn through play.  It’s through spontaneous play that self-confidence is gained.  This is what helps them engage in new experiences – including new food experiences.  Think about it like creating a fun and safe environment for our little ones to explore the world.

We recently used gelatin in two ways to introduce different textures, colors, smells, and tastes to baby.  The result was a lot of fun and a lot of interest on her part.



What a fun and easy way to introduce babies to new texture.  Who couldn't resist fun jello colors.  And hiding fruit in the jello is genius!

We started with various trays of gelatin and a set out spring-themed cookie cutters.  Using the shapes, we helped baby cut out jigglers.  She loved playing with the shapes and her fingers explored the bouncy texture of the thicker jello.


Later, we introduced a tray of jello with fruit hidden inside each texture.  Instead of using fruits she’d already tried, we used new fruits like blueberries and mango. You could also easily incorporate some new veggies with this idea as well.

Who could resist digging into all these colors!?  She timidly touched the tray and after a few minutes, every color had been squished and tasted.

What a fun and easy way to introduce babies to new texture.  Who couldn't resist fun jello colors.  And hiding fruit in the jello is genius!

This fun little activity is a precursor for being open to foods with unfamiliar properties.  Imagine, for example, how this activity will eventually translate into trying a new fruit or vegetable with an unfamiliar color or texture.


Instead of giving it an immediate no, her brain will remember that it’s fun to try new things.

So, dig out your cookie cutters, make a tray of gelatin (don’t forget to hide in some new foods) and have a fun afternoon exploring with baby.  You’ll have fun making memories together while laying the foundation for an adventurous and healthy eater!

Thanks to Ella’s Kitchen for sponsoring this post and helping modern parents everywhere to raise healthy eaters.



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Kristin is a former teacher turned children’s photographer in southern California. Visit her website to read all about her adventures in photography, cooking, and her love of style.

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Julie March 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm

I love this idea but my only problem is that most gelatin I know of have dyes in them. Is there a way around that?


Kristin March 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Hi Julie,

You could just use unflavored gelatin and then add your own sweetener to get away from the dye. I’ve never tried it, but I’m sure it could be done!

Hope that helps-


Julie March 7, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Thank you so much! That’s a great idea!


Jelli March 8, 2014 at 8:28 am

I loved letting my toddler play with jello when she was little. I made homemade gelatin using fruit juices and yogurt mixed with plain gelatin to make the activity (and eating) more healthy. Great photos and wonderful idea!


Julie March 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

Homemade gelatin? May I ask how you make it?


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