Here is a great list of ten (I’ll try to add more as I think of them) ways to help teach your preschoolers about the sense of taste!
- Explore tastes of salty, sweet, sour and bitter (lemons, coco powder, candy, potato chips, etc.) Make a list of salty foods, sweet foods, etc.
- Clip coupons together
- Make a mind map/collage of favorite foods or of food groups – what “matches” or goes with those foods (ex: chocolate and milk, or peanut butter and jelly)
- Bake something
- Dissect a vegetable
- Plant some food seeds (can be in a window planter so kids can watch them grow)
- Make a cereal or pasta necklace
- Make/decorate a restaurant-like menu of foods that you eat regularly
- Make a food sculpture out of leftovers and then eat it. This is a great way to clean out the fridge!
- Make a tongue map. Find out what areas of your tongue have the ability to taste salty, sweet, bitter and sour flavors.
Want to make your own googly-eyed food creature? All you need is some ramen noodles, chow mein noodles, malt balls, gel capsules, marshmallows. Here is a great post with detailed pictures and step-by-step instructions!
Thank you to ValentinD and Oskay for providing pictures for us!