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Old 04-05-2008, 02:36 PM
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Teaching Taste Without Food

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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Old 04-05-2008, 03:07 PM
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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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Old 04-05-2008, 03:16 PM
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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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Old 04-05-2008, 03:18 PM
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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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Old 04-05-2008, 03:35 PM
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How about scratch and sniff stickers? Taste is all in smell
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Old 04-05-2008, 04:06 PM
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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.
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 tasting without using food
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Old 04-05-2008, 04:26 PM
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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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Old 04-05-2008, 04:50 PM
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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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Old 04-05-2008, 07:14 PM
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Not allowing food in the classroom to teach taste is just allowing you to teach smell.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:38 AM
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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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