Cold, slimy, spongy or mushy foods are common textures that some kids tend to shy away from. Naturally, the off-setting surface of some foods hinder a child’s willingness to taste it. Needless to say, introducing new foods at mealtime can be overwhelming for your child if the texture is “gross” or unappetizing.
What better way to get your kids acclimated with new textures than through play! We found this great sensory activity that really gets kids involved with cold and slimy textures: homemade play dough! The recipe is super easy and lots of fun. Plus, it’s 100% edible so you won’t have to worry if they do taste it out of curiosity.
We also suggest you cut up some kiwis and pears and get your kids used to feeling the slimy texture. Have them hold mushrooms or tomatoes as you prepare dinner so they learn to accept that some foods have unfamiliar characteristics and that’s okay!
Homemade Play Dough Recipe:
3/4 cup of cornstarch
1 packet of unflavored gelatin
3/4 cup of water
Food Coloring or Kool-Aid
1. Dissolve the gelatin in 3/4 cup of water.
2. Add food coloring to the cornstarch (You can substitute Kool-Aid if you prefer a sweeter scent).
3. Mix the gelatin water into the colored cornstarch.
4. Set the mixture in the fridge for 4-7 hours.
5. Knead the chilled dough if you’re ready to play!
Read more about helping kids in Overcoming Food Texture in Kids
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