You’ve not engaged in one of the most fun kitchen activities at your homeschool if you’ve never made your own taste test! From writing out the ingredients supplies list to slicing and dicing your chosen tasty “test” items, this activity is sure to give you, your students, visiting members, and guests a tasty blast of pure, riveting, delicious excitement!
During our study of botany a few years ago, we were intrigued with the varieties that just about every plant, flower, or seeds have. We knew there were several kinds of roses and a variety of apples and oranges, but we had never actually seen, let alone tasted more than a few apples and oranges. We came up with the brilliant idea to create a taste test sampler platter, to “test the tastes” of some new, unexplored fruit!
You see, over the course of many lessons, we studied parts of the flower, seeds, scientific names for seeds, the varieties of seeds and the root words for how the scientific seed names were created and related… But, in order to better understand the different kinds of seeds that fruits have, and in order to experience certain fruit firsthand, we not only created our own Scientific Observation chart for seeded and non-seeded fruit, but we organized everything in between. Here’s what we did.
The chart included categories and columns to write in
What an adventure! We enjoyed the process of the taste test so much that we’ve had several “tasty test parties.” We’ve sampled a variety of apples, citrus fruit, and pickles - one of our most favorite snacks, and what a wide variety of pickles there are EVERYWHERE!
You, too, can create something fun and simple like a taste test of your favorite fruit or vegetable. Take a trip to a farmer’s or international food market and explore. Remember to document the process, activity, and the display of the array of your chosen food.
If you’re in need of ideas to taste-test other than the foods we already named, consider these:
Either way, this may make a great summer activity, too. There’s always something to learn, research, and explore. We hope this inspired you to partake in a little kitchen fun. Remember to friend and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Enjoy! :)
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