The exploration of taste

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on October 23, 2012

in Baking Cookies, Children's Books, Cooking, My Five Senses

We are always exploring with all of our senses in our classroom but to give each of our senses a little more emphasis, we recently read the book titled, “My Five Senses” by Aliki…

This book takes a simple look at each of the five senses and is a wonderful book to expand on in all areas of the classroom. The interesting thing about the sense of taste is that we tend to tell the children that we taste with our “mouth” or the children tend to tell me that they taste with their mouth. This book does a great job of reminding us that actually, we taste with our tongue…

After reading our book about Five Senses, the children joined me to bake up a few cookies…

To make our cookies, the children rolled out refrigerated cookie dough and then used cookie cutters to make different shapes in the dough…

The exploration of Taste by Teach Preschool

The children loved making their own cookies and I thought it would be fun for them to paint the cookies with egg white paint but the egg white paint didn’t turn out quite like I thought it would (we have no egg allergies in this group of children)…

The children didn’t seem to mind though so we painted up some cookies and put them all on a pan anyway…

The children also struggled with getting the cookie cutters to cut the refrigerated dough.  Well, they could cut it okay but taking it out of the cookie cutter proved to be a very big challenge so our cookies looked like blobs in the end. A few of them held their shape though…

Each child had their own piece of foil with their name on it to keep their cookies on. We baked the cookies that the children cut out on their own pieces of foil and the rest of the cookies were baked directly on the cookie sheets…

So our cookies didn’t quite turn out as I imagined they would but the process was very interesting and fun for the children and the cookies came out of the oven just in time for snack…

Now all we had left to do was use our tongues to taste the cookies and then we were ready to eat them all up!

The cookies may not look all that great but they tasted yummy!

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1 Margaret@growingplay October 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

I find when baking w children it is always about the process. Who cares that they look like they made it themselves. With many parents who work there is not enough time to bake at home so showing children all the steps in school is a wonderful activity no matter what the end result.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I absolutely agree! Its a good thing too – because most of what I lead my students to cook is almost unrecognizable when we are done. Let’s just say that I wont be writing a cooking or recipe blog any time soon:)

3 cathie j October 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

Aren’t books wonderful? There are so many great ideas and activities to do with each book we read. Thanks

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