Fruit Salad

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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Question and Wonder:

  • What do you think these will taste like?
  • Can you tell how something will taste by looking at it? Touching it?
  • Why are lemons sour, but oranges sweet?
  • How do each of these feel in your mouth? Does texture change taste?
  • What can we make with these fruits?

Imagine and Design:

  • Which of these fruits would make a good salad?
  • Which fruits do you not want to use? Why?
  • What colors are the different fruits? Can you make a design with them? A rainbow?
  • Will you eat them one at a time or two or more at the same time?
  • Will the taste change when you mix them? Why?

Make a fruit salad with the fruits they choose. Taste them together. Pay close attention to their faces as they eat the fruits to see what they are feeling. Keep up a running commentary about what you observe to give them the words to frame their experiences. Ask questions. Mirror their expressions.

Test and Discuss:

  • Was that sour? Sweet?
  • Did it taste like you though it would?
  • Which ones are hard and which are squishy? Bumpy? Crunchy?
  • Why did you eat those together? How did that taste?
  • Why are some of them juicy? Did the juice squirt when you bit in? How did that feel?
  • Does the juice taste different than the pulp? The skin? Why?

Did You Know?

Your reaction to a food influences the way your child thinks it tastes. Babies can distinguish between sour and sweet from birth, but are not sensitive to saltiness until around 5 or so. That’s why baby food tastes bland to us – no salt!

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