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A Kids Adventure Exploring The Sense Of Taste

Updated on June 24, 2014
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Christine, a wife, mother and homemaker for over 30 years, has an NVQ3 in Childcare & Education & loves cooking, music, health & nutrition.

Welcome To A Making Sense Lesson Plan

Here is a full program for a session with young children, teaching them through fun activities about the sense of taste in our amazing world. Tap in to their natural curiosity and help them to discover how some things taste better than others. Inspire them to step out and try new things and see their delight when they link new tastes with pleasurable experiences. Provide for them a safe environment to build happy memories together that will enable them to acquire a wide range of tastes for food that will not only do them good, but enable them to interact with their world.

When I brought this lesson plan to my group of children, I had not long returned from a memorable visit to a wedding in Israel. I was keen to share some of my expereiences with the children that had greatly impacted me.

I hope that the proven tips and ideas here will give you an easy, stress free few hours with your group of children. Most of all, have fun!

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The Taste Testing Game

As an introductory activity, have a selection of liquids in cups for the children to taste. Give each child a teaspoonful after they have been blindfolded. Mark down who guesses the most correctly and let them be the first to have a go at a later activity. The suggestions below could be offered for the taste testing.

But how about you?

Which of these would you least like the taste of (with nothing added)?

See results

Another Taste Testing Game - Can they tell which is sweet,sour,salty,bitter?

This game is for slightly older children, as they need to be able to decide which liquids in the bottles in the first set are sweet, sour, salty or bitter and match them with a taste pair in the second set.

Taste And See Songs And Rhymes - About eating food

For Five currant buns in a baker's shop, if you have a bakers shop and buns ready on card or a Five Currant Buns Favourite Song Mitt, give the children a penny each to take it in turns to buy a bun, whilst you all sing the song.

For Five fat sausages, count down from 5 to none on each verse, remembering to clap your hands together for the bang!

For Pat-a-cake, get each child to write the first letter of their name on a board in turn, as you sing and say their letter and name each time.

A Craft That Tastes Good - The wedding cookies

Have a number of plain biscuits, icing and decorations for the children to decorate their own cookies. Encourage them to make some to share as everyone did at the wedding feast in the story. If you have enough time, you could make the cookies first, but this will be more suitable for older children.

Wilton Animals and Stars 6 Mix Sprinkle Assortment
Wilton Animals and Stars 6 Mix Sprinkle Assortment

This large sprinkle assortment will provide decorations for everyone.

 

Give Your Child An Appetite For Trying New Foods - By getting them to cook, with these essential kids cookbooks!

Do You Have A Fussy Eater? - See here for tips and resources:

"Secrets Of Healthy Eating For Kids"
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