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We are homeschoolers now, but when my kids were in public school, they came home in the afternoons famished! They would assure me – they were STARVING! And if I let them, they’d choose a sugary, pre-packaged snack every time. Now, we do our homeschool in the mornings with a snack break in the middle.
That after-school or mid-homeschool snack time is a perfect time to encourage some healthy snacking with a fun, colorful taste test activity, don’t you think?
A FREE Taste Testing Sheet for a Colorful Taste Test!
And I created a handy printable Taste Testing Sheet to make it easy peasy – for kids of all ages and for mom, too!
A Colorful Snack Taste Test using a Printable Taste Test Sheet
My kids LOVE taste test activities; we’ve done taste tests of all green foods for St. Patrick’s Day, all red foods for Heart Health Awareness, and even chocolate! Taste test games have gotten my picky eaters to try all kinds of food they wouldn’t have otherwise.
So when Horizon Organic invited us to participate in their Back to School Program to encourage healthier kids, I thought it’d be fun to do a healthy, Colorful Snack Taste Test perfect for afterschool (or mid-homeschool) snack time!
We all know that the some healthiest snacks – fruits & veggies – come in a whole rainbow of colors. So instead of offering foods of one specific color for our taste test, this time I offered fruits and vegetables of all colors.
You can arrange the foods on any plate or platter, but serving them up in muffin tins adds another element of fun for the kids.
And to make the taste test activity even more interactive and educational, I printed out our taste testing sheet for the kids to record their “findings.” They get such a kick out of being little “scientists” taste testing and tracking their results on their taste testing sheets.
Get your FREE Printable Taste Testing Sheet HERE:
For the taste test, have them start with the first color in the rainbow. Then go through the following steps:
- Write the name of or draw a picture of the food on the first row of the taste testing sheet.
- Taste the food slowly and mindfully (a great chance to teach mindfulness here!).
- Then circle the smiley face for “YES, I liked it!” or the frown face for “NO, I didn’t like it.”
Then, they can move on to the next color of the rainbow and repeat!
More Back-to-School Fun from Horizon:
“For 20 years Horizon Organic has been providing healthy organic milk, cheese, and other organic dairy products. We want to help supply families with the tools they need to be healthy and nutritious.” – Horizon.com
Pair their taste test snack with a cup of Horizon Organic Milk and you’ve got a healthy – and super-fun – afterschool snack!
For more ideas to encourage good health in your kiddos this back-to-school season – and valuable coupons – follow Horizon Organic on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!
Don’t Forget your Taste Testing Sheet:
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If you had to put this in a lesson plan format, how would you do it?
Love this idea!
This is SO cute! What a great idea, especially for more… shall we say… hesitant eaters, like my older one! 🙂 Pinning it now.
Clarisa Hooper says
I really adore this as a creative way to encourage kids to at least TRY new foods. The questionnaire makes it feel almost scientific! Sharing on FB later 🙂
Krissy @ B-Inspired Mama says
Thanks so much, Clarisa!