At a recent faculty retreat one of my colleagues was cheerfully talking about her weekends over the summer spent with nieces and nephews. One of the fun activities she set up was food taste tests. – a clever and loving way to develop a child’s palate.
Sometimes she would set out 4 or 5 different kinds of cheeses. Not only would they get to vote on which was their favorite, but the children would be queried as to “how does this taste different than that?”, encouraging the children to describe the subtleties. Brilliant! Her lucky young relatives tried various kinds of chocolate and who knows what else.
Types of apples? Pickles? Herbal teas. Do you like your carrots baked, roasted or blanched? How about 3 different varieties of winter squash. The game keeps food in the realm of joy and exploration. There are no right or wrong answers. No shoulds or ought tos. Sounds fun, right? I want taste test in June’s kitchen. How about you?
psst: (for more ideas on developing a wider food palate in children, watch our video offering ideas for parents of picky eaters)