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Child’s Play – Activities To Enhance Taste

Here’s a delightful experiment to try with kids to identify different tastes.  Even my picky-eater-9-year-old loved this one, and he is the quintessential picky eater!

Is your tongue “mapped”?  Test your taste buds with a bit of sugar water.  Use droppers with sugar water and place it on different parts of the tongue, such as the sides, front, back, and middle.  While not everyone’s taste buds are exactly the same, many people can taste salty and sour on the sides, sweet on the front, and bitter in the back.  See if your tongue matches these areas – some do, some don’t!  Try it with pickle juice and lemon juice as well.

Try the same experiment as with our post on smell.  Have your child hold his or her nose and taste foods to see how different it is – part of tasting is smelling! Try it with condiments, such as barbeque sauce, ketchup, mustard, relish, and mayonnaise.

Child’s Play – Activities To Enhance Smell

The nose knows!  Here are some great activities to encourage your child to focus on the smells around them (good and bad!).

  1. Name that Smell – children LOVE to experience different smells, especially kitchen-type smells around this time of year.  dab cotton balls with extracts and scents.  Have your child smell them and try to identify them or match them.  A good game to play is a scent-match game.  Make a pair of cotton balls for each scent and have your child match them up!
  2. Breathe Deep!  Identify smells (fire in fireplace, freshly mowed grass, flower smells, skunk, etc) that can be found outside.  Simply step out your door and smell…what is it your nose smells?
  3. Hold your nose – this is a great exercise for both taste and smell.  Provide a variety of foods to taste, but do so while holding your nose shut.  See how lack of smell can alter the taste of a food, such as oranges, apples, juice, tomatoes and cheese.  Does it work with cookies and cake as well?
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