Brain-Building Activity #9: Is It Salty or Sweet?
While you’re cooking, explore the sense of taste with your child by letting her sample a few grains of salt and then a few of sugar. Ask her, how do they taste? Which do you like better? Look through your cabinets and see which foods might taste salty (tortilla chips, tomato soup) and which foods might taste sweet (granola, oranges).
When your child uses her senses (touch, smell, sound, sight, and yes, even taste) to discover the world around her, she is thinking like a scientist. Firsthand experiences help her discover the world around her, and back-and-forth conversations about her discoveries—“It tastes so salty!”—make her experiences even richer.