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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!Print Instructions