Taste Test Apples

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Taste Test Apples: an activity for children of all ages. Taste testing apples is a great way for children to learn about the different varieties of apples available and a fun way to determine which apples are favorites.

  • Supplies needed:
    • a variety of apples, including organic and non-organic
    • knife
    • cutting board
    • bowls (one for each variety)
    • garden notebook/journal
    • cardstock  paper
    • pencil and eraser
  • With your child, go to the grocery store and buy a variety of apples (non-organic versus organic and how many different types is up to you). *If you will be doing the activity on making homemade applesauce, make sure to buy nine extra apples (three of each kind of three separate varieties).
  • Wash hands thoroughly.
  • Wash and cut each apple into bite-sized pieces, making sure to keep each variety of apple separate. (Be sure to save the seeds for the Growing Apple Trees From Seeds activity.)
  • Place pieces of each apple into separate bowls.
  • Have your child taste each variety of apple, noting the difference in taste and texture. Are they sweet or sour? Are they soft and mushy or hard and crisp? Is there a difference in the organic apples?
  • Arrange the apples in order from least to most favorite.
  • For more fun, blindfold your child and see if they are able to identify the variety just by smelling and/or tasting it.
  • List the varieties on the journal page in order of favorites.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include it in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.
  • To learn about your sense of taste, continue below.

My Five Senses: the Sense of Taste: For additional learning, have your child study the tongue.

  • Supplies:
    • honey
    • salt
    • unsweetened chocolate
    • lemon juice
    • toothpick
    • gardening notebook/journal
    • paper (if using a binder) – copy paper, cardstock and/or 140 lb weight paper if using watercolors
    • pencil and eraser
    • art medium of choice (colored pencils, watercolors, crayons, or markers)
    • page protectors
    • pink construction paper (optional)
    • magazine with food items (optional)
  • Take a magnifying glass and examine each other’s tongue. Some resources say there are about 3,000 taste buds on your tongue. Can you see them? Where are the taste buds and what do they do?
  • Try different tastes (sweet, sour, bitter, and salty). Do an experiment to find out if your entire tongue tastes the sweetness of sugar by placing a toothpick dipped in honey in the middle of your tongue. Do you taste anything? Dip it again and touch it on the side of your tongue. Dip it again and touch the tip of your tongue. There are only special areas on your tongue where you can taste sweetness. Perform this same experiment with the toothpick using salt, lemon juice, and unsweetened chocolate. Where on your tongue can you best taste these things?
  • Have your child draw a tongue and make a map of the taste buds on the tongue. Or cut a tongue out of pink construction paper and paste images cut from a magazine (or printed public domain pictures from Unsplash.com) in correct places on the tongue.
  • Now touch the honey to the tip of your tongue again, but this time holding your nose closed. Can you taste the sweetness as well as you could before? What part does your nose have in affecting your ability to taste food? How does texture or temperature impact the taste of food? Spicy or minty? What other functions does your tongue have other than tasting your food?
  • Document any learning on the journal page. Record a younger child’s explanations/dictations as needed.
  • Place the page(s) in a protector when finished and include it in the garden notebook/journal.
  • Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.