With Christmas vacation around the corner, I thought it would be nice to take a break from nasal congestion and flu season to talk crafts and DIYs. Homemade gummy bears are an easy and fun DIY and are a huge hit with my little ones. Actually making the gummy bears is a quick project but I made a whole day out of it and the kids had a blast. We took a trip to the grocery store to shop for the ingredients we needed, and pick out the different juices we wanted to use. I absolutely love Trader Joe’s. My sisters joke that if medicine doesn’t work out for me, that a job a Trader Joe’s would be a great plan B. They have amazing organic juices! I used the homemade gummies to motivate my children to try a new juice and introduce different fruits and vegetables.
The things you need:
- The Molds. I got mine on Amazon for $7.99. My kids wanted the actual gummy bear molds but there are tons of great options with different shapes and sizes. Try to stick to the silicone ones as they are easier for getting the gummies out and are dishwasher safe.
- 1 cup of juice. We got ours at Trader Joe’s but any juice will work. The brighter the juice the better because the color does fade a little as it solidifies.
- 3 teaspoons of honey.
- 2 tablespoons of plain gelatin. There are many different options for gelatin. We got ours from Publix but for my vegan friends there are alternatives like vegan gelatin.
- Add 1 cup of juice to a small saucepan.
2. Combine 2 tablespoons of gelatin with the juice. Allow it to settle and then whisk until it doesn’t appear grainy. Heat the liquid slowly until it warms throughout. Once the liquid is completely thin, turn off the heat and add the honey.
3. If the juice you are using isn’t very sweet, you can add a little extra honey! If your child is suffering with nasal congestion or cough, adding elderberry syrup is a great way to boost immunity and combat flu symptoms.
4. Try to find molds that include the droppers as it makes it much easier to transfer the juice into the molds. This is a great way to help your toddler strengthen their hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. In addition, droppers will help to strengthen their pincer grasp which in turn will help them to hold their pencil.
5. Place your finished trays in the fridge for at least an hour. The gummy bears should last for about a week if properly stored.
Sometimes it’s hard to find an activity that engages both my three year old and my six year old. They both loved this DIY! Hope this helps you with your journey!