It is a way to introduce children to the world around them through food. Who knows what a simple science experiment will lead to in the future...future foodie?
Today we are researching two of these senses: taste and smell through a simple taste test science experiment inspired by our sponsor, Juicy Juice. Juicy Juice has partnered with Chef Jeff Mauro on a Flavorful Fun Campaign which includes a Flavor Exploration website for families. Also, be sure to stop by today so you spin the virtual Flavor Wheel for the chance to win daily prizes through April 30, 2018.
We had a lot of fun on Quirky Momma trying this out:
Juicy Juice is the perfect partner for this type of easy kids science experiment because it is made with 100% juice, with no added sugar. That means the true fruit flavors come through in the juice. Juicy Juice also has 16 different flavor varieties. And they all contain no high fructose corn syrup, no cane sugar and no artificial sweeteners.
We have created two printable pages to assist in this experiment. The first was developed with non-readers in mind, but could also be helpful to older children when completing this experiment to prompt the identification of fruit flavors.
Grab some Juicy Juice, a few cups or glasses and a pencil. We can use the kitchen as our laboratory.
Choose a variety of Juicy Juice and when your child is not looking add it to unmarked glasses or cups.
Start with smelling each cup individually and writing down any flavors that can be identified from smell.
Then taste the juice. Write down additional fruits that can be identified by taste.
Check the Juicy Juice bottle/juice box label and visit the Juicy Juice website here to record all the possible flavors.
Repeat with the next Juicy Juice sample.
If more than one scientist is participating, host a friendly competition to see who can identify the most fruit flavors.
At the end, analyze the results:
- Is there one or two fruits that are used more frequently? Why do you think Juicy Juice would choose to use these in multiple blends?
- Was there a particular flavor that seemed stronger than others? Why is that?
- Was there a fruit that you could identify that others could not? Why would it be easier for you than someone else?
- Was there a flavor that you couldn’t smell, but could taste? Or couldn’t taste, but could smell?
- Is there one blend that you liked more than the others? What flavor stood out?
When the experiment is over, you can reward yourself by drinking the rest of the “scientific material”!