As preschoolers develop their sense of taste, it’s important to provide them with various foods and experiences to expand their palates. But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring!
There are plenty of fun activities that you can do with your preschooler to engage their sense of taste. From silly snacks to blind taste tests, here are 30 activities to have your little ones giggling and exploring new flavors in no time.
benefits sense of taste activities for preschool
Helps develop their palates:
Children can learn to appreciate different tastes and textures by trying new foods and flavors.
Encourages healthy eating habits:
Children exposed to various healthy foods at a young age are more likely to continue making healthy food choices later in life.
Provides a sensory experience:
Eating is a multisensory experience, and exploring different flavors can be fun for children to engage their senses.
Helps with language development:
Talking about different flavors and textures can help children learn new words and improve their vocabulary.
Allowing children to choose their foods and flavors can help them feel more independent and confident in their food choices.
Builds social skills:
Sharing meals and trying new foods with others can help children build social skills and learn to appreciate different cultures and traditions.
fun and engaging sense of taste activities for preschool
Flavor guessing game
Cover your child’s eyes with a pirate patch and have them taste different foods. Can they guess the flavor, matey?
You can make it even more fun by adding silly flavors like pickle juice or hot sauce and watching them make funny faces.
Let your little helper assist you in making a smoothie with different fruits and yogurt. This is a fun way to introduce new flavors and textures, and your child will love feeling like a kitchen wizard apprentice.
Set up a blindfold taste test with different types of fruits and vegetables. Can your child guess what they’re eating? You can make it more interactive by having them rate each food on a scale of “yum” to “yuck.”
Make your pizza.
Set out different toppings and let your child build their pizza. This is a fun way to introduce new flavors and textures; your child will love being the pizza boss.
Fill a bin with different foods like pasta or rice, and let your child play and explore with their little hands. This is a great way to introduce new textures and sensations and let them discover their inner foodie artist.
Snack time scavenger hunt
Hide healthy snacks around the house and let your child go on a treasure hunt to find them. This is a fun way to make snack time more exciting and encourage healthy eating habits while feeling like a detective.
Make your own trail mix.
Set out different nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, and let your child make their own trail mix. This is a fun way to introduce new flavors and textures; your child will love being a mixologist.
Ice cream party
Set out different flavors and toppings, and let your child build their own ice cream tower. This is a fun way to introduce new flavors and textures, and your child will love being the ice cream king or queen.
Blend together different fruits and juices and freeze them in popsicle molds. This is a fun and healthy way to introduce new flavors and textures while feeling like a mad scientist.
Set out different types of fruits and let your child try them all. You can make it more exciting by having them rate each fruit on a scale of “yummy” to “yucky” and doing a victory dance for each yummy fruit.
Layer yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit to make a yummy and healthy parfait. This is a fun way to introduce new flavors and textures, and your child will love being a parfait artist.
Plant a small vegetable garden and let your child help you care for it. This is a fun way to teach your child about where food comes from and encourage healthy eating habits while feeling like a garden ninja.
Use different foods like apples or celery to create fun and colorful paintings. This is a great way to introduce new textures and sensations while unleashing your child’s inner Picasso.
Set out different types of teas and let your child try them all. This is a fun way to introduce new flavors and textures, and your child will love feeling fancy and grown-up like a little prince or princess.
Let your child help you make a soup with different vegetables and herbs. This is a fun way to introduce new flavors and textures; your child will love being a soup chef.
Fruit and veggie art
Use different fruits and vegetables to create fun and colorful art. This is a great way to introduce new textures and sensations while unleashing your child’s inner Van Gogh.
Set out different toppings like cheese or cinnamon sugar, and let your child go wild with their popcorn creations. This is a fun way to introduce new flavors and textures, and your child will love being the popcorn master.
Get ready to wield those skewers and chop up some fruits with your little fruit ninja warrior. Mixing and matching different flavors and textures while creating a colorful masterpiece is fun.
Who says sushi has to be just raw fish? Use colorful veggies and rice to create your own sushi rolls, and your child will feel like a sushi chef extraordinaire.
Make your own dip
It’s dip time! Set out all sorts of ingredients like Greek yogurt, herbs, and spices, and let your child mix and match to create their own dip masterpiece. Whether it’s sweet or savory, they’ll love feeling like a dip artist.
Take your smoothie game to the next level by turning it into a bowl and adding some toppings like granola and nuts. Your child will love the creativity involved in making a delicious and healthy smoothie bowl.
Make your own sandwich adventure
Let your child’s creativity run wild as they become a sandwich artist! They can create their own culinary masterpiece with an array of bread, meats, veggies, and condiments.
It’s a hands-on, interactive, and delicious activity that introduces new flavors and textures in a fun and engaging way!
Fruit pizza extravaganza
Who says pizza has to be savory? Transform dessert time into a fruity adventure with a pizza crust as your canvas and an array of colorful fruits as your toppings.
Your child will love the freedom to create their own unique fruit pizza masterpiece and feel like a dessert chef in the process!
Master the art of homemade pasta.
Get your child involved in the kitchen, and let them be a pasta chef! Making homemade pasta from scratch, experimenting with different sauces and toppings, and indulging in the delicious results is a fun and educational sensory activity that interactively introduces new flavors and textures.
Food sculpting fun
Unleash your child’s inner Michelangelo with a food-sculpting activity! Your child can create their own edible masterpiece using different foods like cheese and veggies.
It’s a unique way to introduce new textures and sensations while letting their imagination and creativity soar!
Mix it up with a mocktail party.
Let your child channel their inner mixologist with a mocktail party! Set out an array of juices and let them experiment with creating their own unique mocktail concoctions.
It’s a fun and interactive way to introduce new flavors and textures while feeling like the life of the party!
Homemade granola bar adventure
Whip up some healthy and delicious granola bars with your child! Mixing together oats, nuts, and dried fruits to create their own custom granola bars is a fun and nutritious sensory activity. Your child will love the process of making their own snacks while experimenting with different flavors and textures!
Fruit kabob fiesta
Get your child involved in making fruit kabobs! Let them pick and skewer different types of fruits to create colorful and tasty kabobs. It’s a fun and interactive way to introduce new flavors and textures while feeling like a fruit kabob ninja warrior!
Edible jewelry extravaganza
Transform snack time into a fashion statement with edible jewelry! Your child can create unique and edible jewelry designs using different types of cereal and fruit. It’s a creative and tasty sensory activity that introduces new textures and sensations in a fun and imaginative way!
Miniature food adventures
Let your child’s imagination run wild with a miniature food sculpting activity! They can create miniature versions of different types of food using clay or play dough. It’s a hands-on and creative sensory activity that introduces new textures and sensations in a unique and fun way!
Engaging your child’s sense of taste can be a fun and educational experience. Introducing new foods and flavors can help expand their palates and encourage healthy eating habits.
These 30 activities are a great way to get started but don’t be afraid to get creative and come up with your own fun ideas. So, grab some snacks and get ready for a tasty adventure with your little one.
I’m a former teacher with a background in child development and a passion for creating engaging and educational activities for children. I strongly understand child development and know how to create activities to help children learn and grow. Spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and volunteering in my community.