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Taste Testers


Saltine crackers
Lemon wedges
Baking cocoa
Clear corn syrup
Sugar and salt
Peeled apple and peeled raw potato slices
Chopped carrot and raw sweet potato
Seltzer and clear lemon soda
Chart paper


1. At circle time, talk about how your body tastes things. Explain that the tongue has special
places to taste special tastes. Wait until everyone gets a sample of the item, then everyone
tastes together.
2. Hand out the saltines, and let the children lick the tops. What do they taste?
3. Now hand out the small lemon pieces and let the children suck on them. These are sour.
4. Allow the children to smell the cocoa and then let each
child take a small pinch to taste. It is bitter.
5. Put a drop of syrup on each child's finger. Lick it off.
6. Stress that it is okay to taste things only if you know what it is or a trusted adult such as a
parent or teacher says it is okay.
7. For small group time, introduce the dishes of similar-looking foods. Your eyes can't tell which
is which. Sometimes your nose can't either. Only taste will tell for sure.
8. For each pair of foods, let the children make predictions as to which is sugar, apple, carrot,
soda. Write down their predictions. Taste to check out the hypotheses.
More to do
Art: Make Mr. Yuk puppets with brown paper bags. Glue green circles onto the bottom flap.
Draw features with black. Put green tongue under the flap. Use the puppets to discuss poisons.
Snack: Make gorp by mixing salty peanuts, sweet raisins and semisweet chocolate chips in a
paper cup to eat for snack.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Science Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Science/Discovery/Nature
Topic: Senses
Content: Science
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Small Group

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