Plan a snack or a meal that can be eaten with the fingers. Nuts, crackers,
fruits, and vegetables are easy. Be brave and experiment with peanut butter,
yogurt, and other foods that are normally eaten with a utensil. Be sure the children have clean hands before they start this activity. Use spoons in the serving bowls. As they eat, talk with the children about how foods feel.
Caution: Young children can easily choke on raw vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, peanut butter, hot dogs, etc. Do not give these foods to infants. Closely watch young children when they eat these foods.
Before the children arrive, prepare 3 pitchers of frozen lemonade. Use food coloring to color one pitcher orange, one green, and leave one its natural yellow color, so that the three look like: orangeade, limeade, and lemonade.
When the children arrive let them sample the “mystery juice” from each pitcher and guess what flavors they are tasting.
Many people believe their eyes rather than their taste buds.
Discuss how the appearance of food can affect our enjoyment of its taste.