Perception games to promote taste

Can you taste all the individual ingredients from a prepared meal? If so, compliments! If not, you are just like many others. Because our taste buds are very fine, but they are not trained and promoted enough to be able to crystallize the individual components from a taste experience.

Especially people who do not cook themselves or freshly do without a high degree of culinary enjoyment. Because often they cannot find out the individual ingredients because they have never tried them in the original and have never tasted their peculiar taste. However, what almost everyone can do is naming whether something is sweet, sour, salty, hot or bitter. The following tips and game ideas for suitable perception games reveal how you can further promote, refine and sensitize your own and your children’s sense of taste.

Eat in the dark

The easiest way to let your child train their sense of taste in a playful and sensual way is probably "eating in the dark", ie eating blindfolded. At the beginning of the game, the various dishes can be left open and best portioned on the table so that your child can prepare for what to try and, if necessary, ask again if they don’t know something or the name of a fruit or forgot a vegetable.

This method is particularly suitable for small or younger children. Without the possibility of having seen the food before, eating in the dark is natural from the beginning a little more difficult. However you design it, give your child a few canapés straight into their mouths so that they can guess what they are eating.

If your child doesn’t get it on the first try, you can give it another bite, or help your child a little by asking what it tastes like, what the consistency is, what it reminds you if your child has something Has eaten something similar before, etc. If you want to join in, just feed yourself alternately, or switch roles after three to five attempts. You will be surprised at how difficult it can be to "get a taste of it" if you haven’t seen what you eat before. Various types of fruit and vegetables, bread, baked goods and, of course, smaller sweets are suitable for the game.

See nothing, smell nothing, just taste

"Seeing nothing, smelling nothing, just tasting" is a little more difficult than the game "Eating in the Dark". Because here the child is not only prevented from seeing what to try, but also from smelling it. For the game, take one or two slices of bread, divide the slices into several small pieces and spread or cover them with spreads or cold cuts.

From jams, honey, beets and fine chocolate creams to cheese spreads and sausages to cold cuts in the form of different types of cheese, sausage or ham, everything is allowed here. Blindfolded – and in this case, of course, without having seen what you used to fill each piece of bread – your child should now find out what the bread was coated with or topped with. To do this, of course, you have to feed the little snacks and always make sure that your child covers his nose in time. Anyone who has ever had a severe runny nose and knows that nothing really tastes good when you can’t smell anything can imagine that this game is very tricky. So don’t be surprised if your child confuses the otherwise so hot and dearly loved nut nougat cream with the actually hated liver sausage.

Welcome to the small juice shop

Turn your kitchen into a small juice bar by inviting your child and perhaps some of his friends to a playful and sensual drink. For this you need a juicer and various types of fruit and optionally also vegetables. Squeeze the fruit and that vegetables and fill each juice obtained into its own small cup. In the case of several children, each of them should of course be given their own cup. However, you should first cut one piece of each fruit or vegetable type for one child, for several children who play along, as many pieces as they correspond to the number of children, and drape on the kitchen table. Because now it is a matter of trying the different fruit and fruit juices to find the right counterpart from which they were pressed.

Mom’s bakery

They are probably not necessarily mothers or fathers who bake fresh bread themselves every day. Nevertheless, you can turn your family breakfast or family dinner into a visit to the bakery. All you need is different types of bread, which bakers sometimes sell in the form of trial cuts. Because, of course, the following also applies here: the more choice you have, the better. Because on the day when the kitchen becomes a bakery, children and adults can take a close look at the individual types of bread. Which is why you should already quarter the individual slices in advance. After all varieties have been extensively palpated, sniffed and tried, each family member can decide on a type of bread that he tries to describe in his taste as detailed as possible. And maybe you and your kids will even discover new favorite varieties.

The yogurt workshop

For the yogurt workshop you only need a little natural yogurt and various ingredients with which it can be refined. It is best to fill these into small dip bowls and place them in spoons so that your child can easily use them. Because in the yogurt workshop, it can itself become a yogurt producer and find out which combination it tastes best and would probably become a box office hit – at least if your child’s opinion was important. In any case, his opinion now has weight, because after all it is about which personal creation he likes best. Is it natural yogurt with honey or would you prefer jam? And if so which jam? Dear strawberry, cherry or orange?

But why actually jam, fresh fruit is also available in the small dip bowls? Perhaps your child is not that sweet of a sweet tooth and prefers the yogurt with muesli or with various herbs instead. Just let your child experiment and, above all, surprise themselves what they like best and when their little noses are frowning because their own creation has failed.

Do you taste the difference

For the game "You taste the difference" yogurt is suitable repeatedly. Again, it’s about finding out which yogurt your child tastes best. However, this time it does not create it itself, but can try three different varieties – with blindfolded or at least closed eyes, of course.

Type 1 that it tries is yogurt with freshly mashed fruit. Type 2, on the other hand, is yogurt with fruit jam. Finally, the third variety is a fruit yogurt that has been purchased. Which of the three varieties tastes best for your child?

Is it already a small "fast food junkie" or rather a small gourmet, for whom it cannot be fresh enough? To find out what your child tastes best, of course, all sorts of other foods that can be compared are also suitable.

Starting with various types of bread, various types of cheese and various types of mineral water. If you take a little time in between to incorporate such small experiments into everyday life, you will not only find out what your child particularly likes, but will also always lead to new and intense taste experiences.

Because drinking water because you are thirsty is something completely different, for example, than consciously finding out which of the three, four or five types of water that you bought for testing, because it really tastes best. And maybe even find out why.

Guess what to eat today

If your child has not had a chance to watch you cook in the kitchen, you can easily have them guess what is available for lunch. First of all, of course, it is important to find out about the smell. If this doesn’t work, you can have your child try it straight out of the pot with your eyes closed. Don’t forget to blow, it’s hot after all.

Many cooks don’t always spoil the broth

For many children, however, the nicest thing is to work in the kitchen with mom or dad and to be on hand as an auxiliary cook. If you let your child help early on, you also have the opportunity to explain a lot about herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables, meat and fish etc. to him and thus always give him new taste experiences.

What does the tomato taste like when it is raw, like when it floats in a tomato sauce? Because the different consistencies are always a phenomenon for children. So many may bite an apple, but applesauce is for them >

Your child will learn a lot about the secrets of cooking, especially if you prepare a sauce together. Because with every ingredient that you put in together, the taste changes. In order to recognize this, you have to have your child tried again and again. It will not only quickly learn which ingredients go well with one another, but will also be able to tell you exactly what is missing, or maybe even which ingredient it would like to try in the sauce.

And a very simple tip at the end:

The more varied children eat, the easier it is to promote their sense of taste with little effort. Therefore, you should try a dish that your child has not tried at least once a week or at least every 14 days knows. If it doesn’t like it, it’s okay – at least if it has at least tried it. And last but not least: according to study results, girls generally have a more sensitive taste sensation than boys – even though the number of taste receptors on the tongue are absolutely identical.

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