Ponds are amazing habitats for animals and plants – they’re one of the best things you can add to your garden to encourage wildlife to visit. Ponds support wildlife from the beginning to the end of the food chain. What better way to explore this, than to put yourself at the top of the food chain, by making an edible pond!
What you will need:
- Lime jelly (or vegetarian alternative) – 500ml
- Blackcurrent jelly (one sachet)
- Gelatine (one sachet)
- Food colouring (blue)
- Dragon fruit or cooked tapioca
- Green grapes
- Jelly worms, bugs, or fish
- Green apple fruit bars
- Chocolate frogs (optional)
- Clear bowl (1 litre)
- Measuring jugs
How to make your edible pond:
For each layer, make up the jelly as per packet instructions and leave to cool. When it’s cool, but not set, pour the layer into the bowl.
- Layer one – make up the blackcurrent jelly. When it’s cooled, pour it into the bowl, add the jelly worms and leave to set for an hour in the fridge.
- Layer two – make up half the green jelly and add two drops of blue food colouring. Allow to cool and pour into the bowl. Add jelly worms and bugs, and reed shapes cut from the apple fruit bars. Leave to set for an hour in the fridge.
- Layer three – make the remaining green jelly. Allow to cool and pour into the bowl. Add the remaining reed shapes cut from the apple fruit bars. Leave to set for another hour in the fridge.
- Layer four – Make half a pint of gelatine and add a few drops of blue food colouring. Allow to cool and pour into the bowl. Add a clump of dragon fruit or cooked tapioca, and some sliced green grapes. Place in the fridge for an hour to set.
- Finish off your pond with a chocolate frog, and enjoy!
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