Thursday, October 22, 2009

Edible Fall Leaves

Part of F week this week included decorating the learning room window with fall leaves (the wiggly kind made out of gel). Well, while BigBoy was accomplishing his task he said, "Wouldn't it be fun to make real jelly leaves and eat them?" Um...yeah! Super fun!

So this mommy with a mission set about making this sweet boy's dream come true and voila...
Jellied Fall Leaves

They are basically a variation of Broken Glass Jell-O (sometimes called Stained Glass Jell-O) which you can see here or in patriotic red, white and blue here. (Filing that away for the Fourth of July!) Here's what we did:

Make separate batches of *fall colored Jell-O using 2 small boxes and 2 C. boiling water. Leave them in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight to set.
In the morning, have your kids cut them into small squares and sprinkle them into a large casserole dish.
Instead of doing the unflavored gelatin and sweetened condensed milk thing, use four small boxes of Jell-O in a unifying color and mix with 2 1/2 C. boiling water. Set aside and let cool until room temperature, but still liquid. Pour it over the mixed cubes and set in fridge to set for three hours.
Use cookie cutters to cut into leaf shapes and enjoy!

*We chose strawberry, apricot and pineapple for the cubes and poured orange on top. I think if we did this again, I would just use red and orange or apricot and pour yellow on the top. Our yellow cubes can be seen when you look at the leaves from the side, but not really from the top.


  1. Those look so beautiful! And I'll bet they were pretty yummy, too. :)

  2. Very fall and festive! A great kids cooking activity with kids ...

    Oh, and thanks for posting your religious statues. (I'm a bit behind, sorry!) They are so beautiful, and I am inspired to continue adding to our small collection. They add so much beauty to the home, as well as meaning to the feast days we celebrate. They also simply remind us that the saints are our heavenly friends, praying for us everyday, and how we can strive to live as they lived ... Speaking of All-Saints Day, I think it would be cool to put them all on display together on a mantle or somewhere for that special day! =)

  3. Ahhh! So festive! Looks like your kids had a lot of fun with these too! - mary the food librarian

  4. oohh cute idea! I have a maple leave cutter.


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