"J" is for Jiggly Jellyfish

Whew! What a crazy couple weeks! We're in the middle of getting ready to move across the country and we also just sold our house. Hooray!

We decided to learn about Jellyfish today...we watched YouTube videos, played with umbrellas (pretending we were jellyfish), did letter J practice pages, and learned about their life-cycle. They are extremely strange and cool animals. Here was our snack! Jiggly Jellyfish
2 large boxes Jell-o (any kind)
2 1/2 c. boiling water
Carrots (long ones!)
Icing Eyes
Cupake Pan
Cooking Spray

Spray a cupcake or muffin tin with cooking spray. Mix boiling water and jell-o until dissolved. Pour into muffin tin and put into refrigerator until firm (about 3 hours).
With a potato peeler, cut long strips of carrot. These are your tentacles!
Gently slide your finger around the edges of the cupcake tins and pop the jello out. Put on a plate and let the kids add tentacles, a carrot piece smile, and icing eyes. Enjoy!

Jennifer shared this super cute idea for hot dog jellyfish that she found here. I love it! Simply poke dried spaghetti noodles into hot dog pieces and boil until pasta is tender. You could make a whole jellyfish lunch! I love it!


Bridget said...

Cute, cute, cute!!!

Bridget said...

Mandy...I just read your Hershey's Spa comment on my blog. OK....I am INSANELY jealous! All DAY?!? THREE trips?!? While you're there, you might want to mention to them that sending some bloggers there to "review" the place would be a good idea. I can pretty much guarantee a favorable write-up! ;)

Enjoy it!!!

HeidiB said...

What a great website, Mandy! Your mom told me about it this past weekend when they were visiting for TJ's wedding. I'm excited to tune into your creative ideas for getting my kids involved in the kitchen. They both love to help, but finding good ways for a 2-year old and 5-year old to help is challenging. Looks like I just need to make our food more fun! Hopefully we'll see you more often now that you're moving over the west coast. Seattle is only a 3 hour drive from Portland! Love you! Your cousin, Heidi

Ginger said...

My nieces and nephews are going to love these!! Thanks for sharing this.

Jennifer said...

Cute! Have you seen these jellyfish? They're cute also http://www.boingboing.net/2009/04/21/freaky-food-fun-inse.html We've made these and the kids loved them. Now going to have to try yours.

A Joyful Chaos said...

How neat! I'll have to try these with my children, they're sure to love it!

The Main Ladybug said...

How cute!! I'm following you now - gonna steal all your creative ideals, and take credit for them when I do them with my grandchildren - lol.

Please stop by for a quick visit at my new attempt at blogging! I need lots and lots of new friends in order to make it a success!


Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

SOO creative, I love it! I'll be linking.

Katrina said...

Cute and fun. I had a hayday a few weeks ago when my kids were sick and we made the pear doggy's, apple frogs, and fruit flower shaped cookies (mostly ideas from your blog). Now here's another great idea. Thanks.
Have fun with your move, or at least good luck!

3lilangels said...

This is a super fun activity. Cute idea. Thanks.

All the best with the move.

Kristin said...

Thanks for entering my contest, it would be a good, mess free project for you, hope you win! Your blog looks great- I'm goning to follow for some inspiration to cook more with the kids, one of my goals. I love this post- my daughter is doing her first report (2nd grade) on jellyfish right now.

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm confused. Your directions say 2 1/2 cups boiling water per 2 large boxes of jello? Is this correct? Because one large box calls for 2 cups boiling water and 2 cups cold water. Making for daughter's class please let me know asap. Thanks.

Mandy said...

yes, use the smaller amount of water so the "jellyfish" don't break apart. It's almost like a jello jiggler.

Mandy said...

yes, use the smaller amount of water so the "jellyfish" don't break apart. It's almost like a jello jiggler.