Of course, with all of this going for it, Ty wasn't a huge fan. I wasn't surprised. His sensory quirks are slowly improving, but this was too "yucky" for him to touch. If he ever gets used to this kind of thing, I'm going to fill the bottom of his baby pool with gelatin and let him get in and go nuts! Until then, I provided toothpicks and toddler utensils for him to stick into the jello, and a toy hammer to hit it with. This way he'd at least get some sensory input from this strange stuff, and I thought maybe it would warm him up to the idea of touching it. He was intrigued hitting and nudging it with the hammer to see it move but that was it. I played with it and made sure he saw how much fun I was having, picking it up and putting it in a small container, smelling and tasting it, jiggling it in my palm...but he just looked at me like I was nuts and walked away after a while.
A couple days later I tried again, as I still had tons of it in the fridge. This time I provided measuring cups and a second container so he could scoop and dump, as well as a wooden spoon to mix it with. He was brave and gave it a try, but not for long.
Though this didn't go well, I figured I'd post so that others could give it a try. I'm sure most little one's would love to dig into this kind of play; just be ready to give a bath afterwards! This may also be a great outdoor activity...let the ants clean-up for you!