Every week we allow our children to explore food in many ways. They observe texture, shape, color, smell and sometimes taste. This week we explored two different foods. You will notice the children’s enthusiasm for the experience! These experiences allow for a greater understanding of food and create a learning opportunity out of something we do every day: eat!
We encourage the children to “play” with their food because it provides an opportunity to not only be exposed to these new and oddly shaped vegetables, but also to create an interesting learning environment. The children were able to develop an understanding for the new foods by examining, measuring, and observing the size, shape, color, and texture of these new foods. Exploration of food through the use of their hands and mouth promotes the development of fine motor skills and sensory skills.
Exploration and experiences with new foods are important for the children because it furthers their understanding of the world around them, allows them to explore with their senses, and creates an opportunity to understand a new object in the way that they prefer to learn (touch, smell, taste, etc.). Ultimately, engaging in sensory play with different types of food expands the children’s pallets and makes them more comfortable with unfamiliar and new flavors.