Early in the day while the kids were having a.m. snack, I washed the peppers and put them on the counter. While I was doing this, the kids asked “What are those?” “What are you doing?” so it was an opportunity for me to get their interest and tell them what we were going to do with them. Throughout the morning the kids could see them on the counter and look forward to trying them.
After lunch we play outside. Then we come in and get drinks of water, read a story and get ready for naps.
This day I allowed time for the taste test after lunch and then outdoor time – after they had played a while and when they don’t usually have a snack.
I cut open the peppers and talked about the colors, the seeds, what they look like inside. Then I sliced them and gave each child a slice of red, green and orange pepper. I gave them their plate and started to read a story. We read The Surprise Garden.
|The Surprise Garden|
What a great time! This could be done with berries, potatoes, greens, etc. We will be doing this more often and then I will introduce favorites into our meals and snacks.
Here’s the printable forms if you’d like to do a pepper taste test.
Download Pepper Taste Test Forms HERE & HERE.
Personally I like them all but red peppers best. What’s your favorite? Do you serve peppers to children? Raw or in a recipe? Let me know!