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Toddler Recipes: Jello Beans and Jello Eggs

Toddler Recipes: Fun to make and eat colorful Jello eggs for Easter...or any time





jello eggs and jello beans DESCRIPTION

A cute Easter treat perfect for a party, classroom celebration or just for fun!

INGREDIENTS For Each Flavor: Note that there are two sizes of Jello boxes.

  • 1 pkg (8 serving size) JELL-O Brand Gelatin, any flavor This is the LARGE box.
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water (Do not add cold water) or 3/4 cup boiling water for 1 Small 4 oz box.

  • Shredded Coconut
  • Food Coloring
  • OTHER ITEMS

  • Wooden Spoon to stir
  • Bowl
  • Measuring cup with spout
  • Jello Molds
  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray like Pam
  • STEPS

    1. Tint coconut by placing 1/2 cup coconut into a small ziplock bag. In a very small dish put a 1/4 tsp water with one drop of dye. Add a second drop for darker tint. Add to ziplock and shake until coconut is tinted.
    2. Wipe inside of both sides of egg mold and along rims lightly with vegetable oil, using paper towel or spray lightly with cooking spray.
    3. Close the mold, matching up the rims of the egg halves. Snap each of the six individual egg halves together until each of the six eggs are firmly sealed. Inspect each egg to make sure it is closed and sealed tightly.
    4. Place mold, fill side up, on tray.
    5. (ADULT)Stir boiling water into dry gelatin in large bowl and stir for 3 minutes until completely dissolved. Pour into measuring cup with pour spout.
    6. Fill just to top of the egg.

    7. Refrigerate for at least three hours or until firm.

    8. See below for ideas on what to do with the extra jello.
    9. Open mold with flat dull knife on the outer edge of the mold to gently pry between the halves of each egg. (Do not pull on the handle.)
    10. Turn mold over and shake gently to release eggs.
    11. On platter lay out tinted coconut and place eggs on top. Keep refrigerated until use.

    TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS

  • DO NOT swallow eggs whole. If your child is young, cut into small pieces before eating.

  • Check size of box before adding water. I have made the error before of adding too much water for the smaller box.
  • Molds can be purchased directly from Jello.
  • OTHER IDEAS

    Multi Color Jello Eggs

    jello two color eggs Make two colors by working with one color first, refrigerate for three hours and then adding the second color. When we have more than one color, I use only one small box per color and halve the amount of water per recipe. Lighter jello colors are prettier for Easter. My girls love grape jello, so we made grape ones first, but they were a very dark purple, so we made more!









    Jello Beans

    jello beans Another cute idea is Jello-Beans. This is best served to older toddlers. Cut in half for younger toddlers for safe eating. They are about a inch long and flat on the bottom. Adds a little extra color to a Jello party platter. A great way to use the extra Jello Mix after pouring into larger molds.











    Extra Jello Mix??

    jello eggs using cookie cutters Find a flat glass container or tupperware and pour the extra jello into it. When it is ready, cut with your favorite cookie cutter and use frosting to decorate. We did this when the girls were two years old for Easter. It was easy for them to help press the cutters and they had fun decorating. They weren't the prettiest eggs but at two...who cares. :)






    EDUCATIONAL TIPS

  • Write out the toddler recipe for your child to follow. Refer to each step as you do it. While this is not an activity your child will be able to fully participate in due to the temperature of the liquid, you can still engage them by talking about each step, using clear bowls to watch the color of the jello.
  • My girls at four are very familiar with our toddler recipe activities so they are able to safely mix the jello in a large bowl with a long handled whisk slowly and with constant supervision. Counting slowly to five helps keep any splashes from happening. Practice with cool liquids first.

  • Science Concepts Used

    Observation

  • Seeing
  • Hearing
  • Tasting
  • Smelling
  • Communication

  • Oral: Read the directions aloud step by step, talk about colors, flavors, shapes, etc.
  • Written: Write out the recipe
  • Comparing

  • Measuring; How much water did we use?
  • Capacity Comparisons: How many eggs will the mold make?
  • There are many science concepts that can be addressed in this simple toddler recipe. Great opportunity to discuss colors and shapes. Explain what a measuring cup is used for. Show how much is 1 1/2 cups of water. Count the number of eggs being made. Make predictions about what flavor each jello powder will make by smelling or looking at the color. Make predictions about what will happen when you refrigerate the eggs. Introduce the vocabulary liquid and solid for older toddlers.


    Additional Note: We used Jello Beans as one of their potty rewards. They would earn one. I pre-cut them in half so it was easy to give out and safe to eat.



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