Teaching Taste Without Food

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  1. TeacherGrl7

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    We're coming up on the "taste" section of the five senses. My problem is, we are not allowed to do food, of any kind, outside of our school provided snack each day. I will work with the snack (we have one that I can request that will be good- a mix of popcorn, pretzels, cap'n crunch, doritos, and cheez balls) but other than that, I can't do anything myself. Any cute taste things that I find online all require, can you believe it, actual tasting! Anybody have ideas so that I can teach this for a few days? Thanks!!
     
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    Why can't you provide food? Can you provide food if it's related to the curriculum? Seems silly to not be allowed. What if you ask parents to bring it in for their child.
     
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    It's our district wellness policy. We do not allow food in the classroom, period. Parents can send in lunch, that's it. My little ones get snack provided by the school that follows the criteria of the wellness policy, because our state ed grant pays for it. They are trying to get away from using food in the classroom. Unfortunately nobody could decided where to draw the line, so it was all or nothing. Sometimes (like now) it is a pain in the neck but personally I love it overall. I don't have sugared up kids eating cupcakes every time there is a birthday, and it forces us to downplay holiday celebrations and things, which I believe should be downplayed in the first place. Plus, with food allergies so prevalent, it eliminates all worries I would have.
     
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    Lemon water in a small squirt bottle is not a food... :) It is just water. A small spray and they can taste sour.
     
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    How about scratch and sniff stickers? Taste is all in smell :)
     
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    Follow this idea, how about spices?? I think you might find a spice for sweet, bitter, and salty.

    Wow - that really makes you have to think hard :confused: tasting without using food :help:
     
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    You could use spices, essenses, or juice flavors on cotton swaps. It really only has to touch the tongue for the child to taste it.
     
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    Sugar water for sweet; lemon water for sour; salt water for salt; tonic water for bitter, perhaps. Everything beyond those four is aroma.
     
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    Not allowing food in the classroom to teach taste is just allowing you to teach smell.
     
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    can you use food that is given out for snack, even if its not on the menu that day; like, if you guys had jello earlier in the month, can you use it in your classroom since the center does serve it?
     
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    I can request which snack I get for the day and my cafeteria will most likely be able to get it for me, but my only options are individial bags of: pretzels, goldfish, animal crackers, graham crackers, giant cinnamon goldfish (rarely) and kid's mix (a mix of popcorn, pretzels, cap'n crunch, cheez balls, and doritos). Those are the only snacks that they give out. I will be asking for the kid's mix one day to compare, but it's just one quick lesson and it is their snack for that day, so I'm looking to add something else.
     
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    This is just a thought.. By using this activity you are not actually bringing in any foods.
    Materials:
    Salt
    Lemonade mix (I use the kool-aid lemonade mix)
    Sugar
    One small paper plate per child

    Procedures:
    1. For each child, prepare a paper plate with a half teaspoon of salt in one cap, a half teaspoon of sugar n another cap, and a half teaspoon of lemonade mix in the third cap.

    2. Explain that the children are going to try to identify which cap is salt, which is sugar, and which is lemonade mix. Encourage the children to use the terms salty, sweet, and sour.

    3. Present the paper plate to the children and demonstrate the fun tasting procedure of licking a finger and dipping it into the crystals, then licking it again to taste and identify.

    Extension: Make a graph on chart paper of each child’s preferred taste--sweet, sour, or salty.
     
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    Oh! For bitter, cocoa powder!

    Isn't there a crystallized acid that's sold for canning? (Shows how much I know about it.) Malic acid, or ascorbic acid, or something of the like?

    Powdered vanilla, if it isn't sweetened, might do for bitter, too.
     
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    AWESOME idea!:2up:
     
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    What about sending a note home to ask parents to send a special lunch one day? You could have a list of foods for each taste.
     
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    I just have to say that any wellness policy that forbids food for teaching of the sense of taste, but allows a snack that includes Captain Crunch, Doritos and Cheez Balls is...well, I can't even think of a word to describe how I feel about that.

    I do like the idea of lemon water, sugar water, tonic water and salt water. Surely they are allowed to drink water!
    Kim
     
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    Though someone's likely to get grouchy about the tonic water, either because it's fizzy or because what makes it bitter is quinine.

    A person can't win...
     

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