When working with kids who have food aversions, I like to do some fun activities with food that provide some of the sensory experience of food, but in a fun atmosphere without the required eating of the food. I want the fun item to be edible though in case we can get some tasting of the food happening. Food based play dough has given itself perfectly to this activity, and today I have created a delicious strawberry play dough that is made with pureed strawberries.
I used frozen strawberries, But I would use fresh strawberries if they were in season. I also included some seedless strawberry jam to intensify the strawberry scent and flavor of the finished play dough. The only drawback to this recipe is that it needs to be cooked, so it is not one that the kids can mix themselves.
The ingredients are pureed strawberries, strawberry jam, flour, oil, and lemon juice. It is a great activity to use in a feeding group, and you can incorporate the fresh fruit into the group activities as well. I have the kids build structures out of fruit using cut up fruit and toothpicks and also play with the fruity play dough. It makes for a great sensory experience.
Strawberry Play Dough
Almost ½ cup blended/pureed strawberry then fill the rest of the ½ cup with strawberry jam (2 spoon fulls)
½ cup flour
1 squirt of lemon juice
Mix all of the ingredients in a pan and heat while stirring constantly. It gets thick and sticky and you have to stir and keep it from burning. Keep cooking until it forms into a ball and no longer sticks to the pan.