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EXERCISES ON THE TASTE

Exercise: How does it taste?

Objective: Practice attention to is felt through the senses without judging (good/bad) nor trying to recognize what it is. The aim is to observe how it is: the flavor, the texture, the temperature, etc.
Material: Several bowls with food of different flavors. Scarf to cover the eyes.
How to do it: In pairs.
Cover a child’s eyes and another child chooses a food and gives him/her to try. The child with closed eyes should say what it tastes: Sweet, acid, salty.
He/She should also say how it is: soft, hard, creamy, oily, rough, round, soft, crunchy, etc.
Then it is repeated by changing roles.

Exercise: Detectives of flavors I

Objective: Practice attention to is felt through the senses without judging (good/bad) nor trying to recognize what it is. The aim is to observe how it is: the flavor, the texture, the temperature, etc.
Material: Different foods.
How to do it: The monitor gives a child a food test, without the others knowing what it is. The child must explain without words, by means of gestures what food tastes. It should explain if it is something sweet, bitter, salty, soft, tender, hard, creamy, liquid… Finally the children can rise the hand if they know what food it is.

Exercise: Flavor Detector II
Objective: Practice attention to is felt through the senses without judging (good/bad) nor trying to recognize what it is. The aim is to observe how it is: the flavor, the texture, the temperature, etc.
How to do it: Put several glasses on a table. Previously, the teacher has filled them with different liquids (orange juice, strawberry milkshake, milk, chocolate, water, lemon soda …) and added to each one a few drops of different food colorant (without flavor), so that the liquid presents a different color from the original. The child will have to try each drink, describe how it tastes and finally find out what liquid it is. With this you will see that the sight can deceive you and therefore to trust more in its smell and taste. It will also be useful to develop the vocabulary and learn to define the sensations.

Exercise: My piece of bread

Objective: To develop observation and perception, without thinking about the object. Discover sensations that appear to us only when being attentive on the experience.
Material: a loaf of crusty bread.
How to do it: Each child receives a piece of bread (You can use chocolate, cookies, etc.)
As if we had never seen a piece of bread we observed its shape and color. Without thinking about the bread we look at it slowly all around. We close our eyes and touch it to feel its rough parts and the smooth parts. We touch the outside and also the soft crumb. After that we smell it deeply. Then we put it close to the ear and squeeze it gently, listening to the sound. We watch how it sounds. Finally we bite and chew slowly. We taste the bread in the whole mouth. We concentrate on feeling the taste of bread. Them we chew and swallow it while we pay attention to all the sensations.

Dialogue: ¿Had you ever eaten a peace of bread this way? ¿What has been different? ¿What did you discover?