2. Taste and Texture Trivia
- Fill little bowls with different ingredients to depict different flavors – vinegar or lemon juice for sour, salt for salty, honey or maple syrup for sweet, instant coffee granules for bitter and mild chili powder for spicy. Let kids taste from the bowls to get familiar with how those individual flavors taste. After tasting individual flavors, let them mix them up to see what combinations taste good together.
- Create a similar game with textures, this time filling individual bowls with foods of varying texture and consistency: pudding for soft food, pretzels for hard or crunchy, caramel for chewy, gelatin for bouncy, and so on. Tie in the taste portion by asking the kids to associate what they learned in taste trivia to what they taste in texture trivia – the pretzels are salty and crunchy.
Take the taste test further by blindfolding the kids and giving them different foods to categorize the basic flavors – small pieces of lemon or lime for sour, very ripe banana for sweet, and so on.