Gelatin Spider Play!



We found the idea for this sensory activity on the Teach Preschool blog and we’ve wanted to do it ever since. It is a great sensory activity for fine motor development.


  1. 8 small containers (we got ours at the dollar store)
  2. Gelatin (1 box of four packets)
  3. Food coloring
  4. Large black buttons (8)
  5. Black Pipe cleaners (8) (cut each into 8 pieces)
  6. 16 googly eyes (we used adhesive eyeballs)
  7. 8 plastic tweezers



Make Ahead:

  1. Pour 3 packets of the Gelatin into a medium bowl
  2. Pour 1 cup of cold water over the powder, no need to stir yet
  3. Add 3 cups of boiling water
  4. Stir until fully mixed, add desired color
  5. Stick two googly eyes to the bottom of each container
  6. Divide the gelatin between the containers
  7. Add 8 pieces of pipe cleaner
  8. Add 1 button
  9. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours


With the kids:

  1. Give each child a container of gelatin and tweezers
  2. Have them use the tweezers (or their hands, it still helps them develop fine motor skills) to break up the gelatin, pull out the pieces, and form their spider




Author: Tawni

Tawni is a former special education teacher, now stay-at-home momma. She spends her days reading, cooking with lots of cheese, listening to professional choral music, and tickling her baby boy, Cy. She lives with her husband and son in Utah.

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