Prepare gelatin dessert mix such a Jello according to the directions on the package. Cut into small squares. Place on a tray or in a sensory box and allow infant to explore the gelatin with their hands.
*It is completely edible and safe for the infant to consume. (Gelatin dessert mixes do contain a high amount of sugar and artificial colors and flavors. Clear, low-sugar and unflavored gelatin is also available in stores and can be used as a substitute.) This activity was used with a special needs child with sensory issues. She is in the beginning stages of learning to tolerate different textures. During sensory time she was encouraged to touched the gelatin mix but never forced to touch it. She made several quick self-initiated touches. At first she did not like the touch but continued to try to touch it and found humor in it.