Space Jell-O

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Albert Einstein proved that space bends around anything that has mass. This activity uses Jell-O's ability to bend around objects as a model for space bending around planets and stars. The more mass an object has, the more space (and Jell-O) bends around it. Learners can eat their model afterwards.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
2 to 4 hours

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Model


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 2 (3 oz.) boxes of light-colored Jell-O
  • variety of seasonal fruits and nuts in different sizes
  • variety of round or oval-shaped candies in different sizes
  • 1 glass bowl
  • measuring cup
  • mixing spoon


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
    • Solar System
      • The Planets
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
  • Physical Sciences
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Ology


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