Taste Test Activities
Short description of activity: Students explore, compare and taste foods.
Type of activity: Content Connection
Minimum Time Needed for Activity: 45 Min
Grade Level: K-5
Subject Area: Food Literacy, Farm to School, ELA, Mindfulness
- Download Veggie Taste Drawing Worksheet, one for each student
- 2-3 different fruits or vegetables in their whole form. Have enough for you to have one for demo, one for cutting/tasting.
- If using root vegetables, find ones with skins and greens, for others attempt to get leaves/pods/husks
- Have enough for there to be a small bite for each student when cutting up
- Knives, cutting board, bowls, toothpicks
- optional worksheets: 1-Day Taste Test, 1-Week Taste Test
- Review MyPlate food groups.
- Read picture books that discuss the food groups
- Draw or collage the My Tray Coloring Activity
- Tell students that you will be looking at three (or however many) different foods.
- Have students wash hands.
- Divide students into groups so there is one group per Fruit/Vegetable station.
- At each station, show the students the fruit/vegetable. If appropriate, let the students, hold, investigate, explore, smell, etc.
- Ask if the student can identify what it is.
- Do you wash it or peel it?
- Is it a fruit or a vegetable? What color(s) is it when ready to eat?
- What part of it do/can you eat?
- If it is a vegetable, do you eat the stem, root, stalk, leaves or flower?
- What is the first letter/last letter?
- Does it grow in VT?
- Does it grow on a plant, under the ground or in a tree?
- Do you like to eat it? Have you eaten it?
- Have students draw a picture of the food in its whole form, or draw it growing in a garden (tree, soil, plant)
- Cut up the food into taste-test sized pieces and invite students to try it. If they aren’t interested, they can just touch it to their tongue and throw it out.
- Have students use adjectives/descriptive words to talk about taste, texture
- Ask students to use words other than yummy or disgusting. If they are stuck using those words, ask why they describe it like that.
- When done, have students rotate to the next station. Repeat until students have explored each food.
- Gather the students back together and discuss as a group what they discovered.
- Try 3 similar foods: beet, turnip and radish; blood orange, tangelo, and ugli fruit; 3 different berries
- Try 3 different varieties of apples, tomatoes, peppers, grapes, etc.
- What is the same about them? What is different?
- Try 3 foods that are unique and combine to make a snack (elements of salsa, guacamole, bruschetta, smoothie, etc).
- At a later date make that food, revisiting having tasted the food on its own, and compare to having it made into a snack.
- Use the current day’s snack provided by the school to apply these activities too.
- Go out to the school garden and, if ready and plentiful, harvest something right there to eat, or bring your snack out to try near a plant upon which it grew.
- Connect the lesson to our reading list.
ELA Standards > Standard 10: Range, Quality, & Complexity > Staying on Topic Within a Grade & Across Grades > Taking care of your body: Healthy eating and nutrition
PE Standard 3.E6 > Recognizes that food provides energy for physical activity; Differentiates between healthy and unhealthy foods; Recognizes the “good health balance” of good nutrition with physical activity